Upstate Pole Vaulters Still Making Waves Despite Pandemic

Top Tier Pole Vault has seen a revitalization in Upstate New York, and two Girls aren't letting the current situation slow them down.

Each of the individual Sections are handling the pandemic Season a little differently, but it would seem Section 5 in Rochester has had more success than any in finding Indoor competition. It may not look traditional, but it is effective. Track and certain field events have been competing on the turf infield of Pinnacle Athletic Campus, while Pole Vault has headed to the open gyms.

That's good news for the Sections Top Athletes, and one in particular is finding her stride. Junior Laura Reigle (Hilton) already has some cache. She's currently the 8th Grade State Record Holder for the Indoor Pole Vault, but the PR's haven't stopped. She took second at States in 2020, hitting a PR at the time of 12-9. One year later, and Reigle has moved that bar up.

At the Hilton Pole Vault Meet, a sanctioned competition between four neighboring districts, Reigle cleared 12-10.25 on her second attempt, then took three close shots at 13-0.25. Her clearance now makes her NY #1 in the event, which may be one of the more hotly contested in the disparate season. It also moves her to NY #9 All-Time in the event, with plenty of the season to continue her rise.

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Reigle's big mark wasn't the only big Pole Vaulting new in Upstate New York. Cassidy Allen (Southwestern), who trains with Mike Auble, former coach of State & National Record Holder Leah Pasqualetti (Orchard Park), has announced her signing with the University of Akron, where she will once again join Pasqualetti. Also signing to Akron is Allen's twin sister, Kayla Allen.

Cassidy Allen made big waves during the Fall Season, setting the D2 Spring State Record in the Pole Vault when she cleared 13-3 back on October 11th. The D2 Spring State Records are those set by athletes who schools fall under the Division 2 (or small schools) State Classification for the Outdoor State Meet. The mark also makes her tied NY #5 All-Time in the event. The mark also stands as US #1 currently, although that only includes meets held Outdoors since August 25th. That will become more popular once the country moves to the more traditional Spring Season.

Currently, Allen has a single performance indoors, where she cleared 12-6 at an Open Meet in Youngstown, Ohio, good for NY #2. Section 6, where Allen resides, does not have an Indoor Season, so meets have been harder to come by.