It was a celebration of the event at the annual Hudson Valley Flying Circus Summer Pole Vault Festival, and with the party came the accolades. Two new State Records were toppled at the event, with seven athletes over 16-feet between both HS and Open divisions on the guys side. We were on site for the entirety of the weekend, chatting with former State Record Holders, catching up with influencers in the event, and watching those records tumble down.
Louis Martinez Matches The State's Indoor Best
Already the Outdoor State Record Holder, Louis Martinez (Wallkill) had plenty of more objectives on his to-do list before he moved on to the College Ranks. Despite pushing the Record to 16-9 at the New York State Showcase, Martinez didn't hold the overall State Record for the event, as Jordan Yamoah (Arlington) had vaulted higher indoors. That changed on Saturday, as Martinez became the first New Yorker over 17-feet outdoors, to match Yamoah's mark at 17-1. The new mark makes Martinez US #4 in the event, chasing the National Leader of 17-3 by Ohio's Conner McClure.
Coincidentally, Yamoah had flown up from Texas from the event, and was vaulting himself, winning the Open Divison in 16-7. The pair spoke with MileSplit after their events.
Nicholas Lourenco Is A True Rising Junior
As is typical on the track, so is it common in the field. As the competition gets stronger, the challengers rise alongside. Nicholas Lourenco (Saint Anthony's) took second overall in the HS division over the weekend, in a new Personal Best of 16-7. That mark toppled the prior Junior State Record, also held by Yamoah, set back in 2010 at 16-6. It is also the Catholic School State Record, bettering the 16-4.5 by Brian Duggan (Monsignor Farrell) from way back in 2005. Lastly, it is a Long Island record, superseding all marks from both Suffolk and Nassau public schools. With a return to normal next year, Lourenco will be right in the mix to chase those new records established in 2021, with a bright future for the sport ahead.