Breakdown: Speed is the name of the game down the Pole Vault runway, so it is no surprise that the 55m is the biggest crossover event. Nearly 25% of our athlete pool contested that event Indoors, with the fastest being Jeniel Foster (Middletown) at 6.64. For him, that translated to a 12-0 vault, not bad for a boy. However, nearly matching the 55m was the 300m, a longer sprint than may have been expected. After that, the Long Jump comes into play, which might be the field event most suited for the Vaulters. A short approach, and trying to hold position in the air for as long as possible.
Do they specialize: Of the Top Ten Vaulters in the State, only three athletes didn't compete in another event. Those three were State Leader Charles Crispi (Farrell) with a best of 16-5.25, Colin Duignan (Fordham Prep) and Louis Logsdail (Iona Prep), with a best of 15-0. Of the remaining athletes, none contested more than two other events, with many of them trying a single "other" event during Championship season. It would seem specialization is key in the Boys Vault.