It was the longest standing mark on our Outdoor Rankings, and it's finally been improved. Cassidy Allen (Southwestern) spent much of the fall taking advantage of the time to train amid the pandemic, and polished off the D2 State Record for the Outdoor Girls Pole Vault. That 13-3 clearance was way back in October, and Allen has been relatively quiet since then. With much of the State trying to catch up (training partner Laura Reigle knocked off a 13-1 earlier this month), that mark stood strong. Now, with Section 6 being the last in New York to make it's Outdoor return, the mark has finally been caught.
Allen has been having a strong return to the scene, with a 13-1 clearance at the CCAA Championships in early June. Buffalo started their Spring Season about three weeks later than the rest of the State, allowing their season to run later than usual. This past weekend, at the Class C Championships, Allen made short work of her personal best, and pushed the bar up to 13-6. Using her larger poles, Allen cleared the height with conviction (above).
With the new record under her belt, Allen moved the bar up to 13-10, to move herself up the All-Time list even further, challenging Mary Saxer's 13-9 personal best from 2005. Allen was able to get her hips over the bar, but the standards were too far forward for the full rotation. Allen, who had recently moved up to 14-foot poles, will have one more meet to attempt the height, as Section 6 holds their first Sectional Competition in nearly 50 years late next week.
Not only does Allen improve her D2 State Record, but her new clearance moves her up to NY #5 All-Time, just behind Alana Carroll's mark of 13-6.5 from 2018.
Allen's attempt at 13-10 below