Fil-Heritage athlete Caleb Monticalvo soared to a new personal best on Saturday 14/04/13 vaulting 5.05m at the Chico Distance and Twilight Carnival in California. The performance is the second time he has exceeded the standing national record of 1991,1993,1995 SEA Games Champion and 1996 Olympian Edward Lasquette.
However recognition of the record is pending awaiting submission of Philippine Passport which Caleb is currently processing.
Regardless it is good to see the strong legacy of Pole Vaulting paved by legendary athletes such as Edward Lasquette continuing in the country with new names arising.
Monticalvo whose father is Filipino and mother is Italian hails from San Jose, California. Monticalvo ironically also hails from California as his home town is San Diego.
On Saturday he took out the ‘John Lipsey Pole Vault’ event with second well beaten with 4.72m. It was the second time Monticalvo has exceeded the Filipino National Record his previous best of 5.03m done at the CCAA Champs last May, ranked him second in SEA behind SEA Games Champion Kreetha of Thailand last year.
Kreetha of Thailand with a personal best of the 5.24m is the man to beat at SEA Games, with Iskandar of Malaysia 5.01m also in medal contention.
It will be an exciting competition at the National Games with Monticalvo, and fellow vaulter Fil-Heritage Alorro leading a cast of around 16 vaulters in the mens division at the National Games.