WHEN: Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
THE FIELD: New Jersey will have six competitors in the field of 20 vaulters. They are listed below in alphabetical order, followed by their school, grade and personal record.
• Sophia Cortazzo, Pingry, Senior, 11-7
• Julia Dannenbaum, Pingry, Junior, 12-0 1/4
• Jessica Ippolito, Fair Lawn, Junior, 11-7
• Caitlin Reverand, Demarest, Senior, 11-6
• Michelle Rubinetti, Demarest, Junior, 12-6
• Leah Saifi, Gov. Livingston, Junior, 12-1
JERSEY OUTLOOK: It will be the first meeting of the spring between three 12-foot vaulters that will likely duke it out at the Meet of Champions in June. That’s still more than a month a way but Thursday’s competition will give us a pretty good preview. Rubinetti, who cleared 12-6 at Eastern States, is the No. 3 seed overall. After bettering Rubinetti to win the Meet of Champions title this winter, Saifi enters Franklin Field fresh off her career best on Saturday after clearing 12-1 at the Blue Devil Classic. Dannenbaum is making her second straight trip to the Penn Relays after missing opening height a season ago.
OF NOTE: Ridgewood’s Emily Polcari has the 11th-best mark in meet history despite never winning the event. Her clearance of 12-5 1/2 in 2011 matched Cameron Overstreet’s height, but the Mechanicsville (Va.) athlete prevailed on attempts. That means Middletown South’s Julianne Toto, who cleared 12-4 in 2005, is the Garden State’s last champion.
Last season, Jackie McNulty from Oakdale High School in Maryland cleared 12-3 1/2 for the win while Kristina Langan of Wayne Hills cleared 11-11 3/4 for fourth place overall and New Jersey’s top finish.