Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt soared into the record books with an astronomical clearance at the Arcadia Invitational, clearing 13-08.00 in the pole vault to set a national sophomore class record in the event. Owning at least eight performances this spring that have measured higher than anyone else in the state, Merritt (at left) is the leading pick here. That said, the vault can be a very nerve-racking and unforgiving event, with Los Gatos star Greta Wagner and Roosevelt’s Gardenia Centanaro also among the big names seeking clutch performances.
Mt. Carmel’s Kyle Pater, the top returnee in the state, moved to the top of the pole vault leader board in recent weeks after a 16-06.00 clearance, with the San Diego Section champion poised for the stretch drive. Also looming largely in the field are Thousand Oaks’ Luigi Colella (16-04.75), son of two-time world championships qualifier and three-time Italian Olympic Trials qualifier Antonio Colella, and Marc Toney (16-01.00) from traditional vault power St. Francis of Mountain View (CC).