Jacob Blankenship of Lincoln (Gahanna, Ohio) was the top high school performer at the 22nd Reno Pole Vault Summit on Saturday, clearing 17 feet, 4.50 inches. That's good for No. 7 all-time and is the third best mark so far this indoor season.
After winning the competition on his first attempt at 17 feet, Blankenship then cleared 17-4.50 (5.30 meters) to break his personal record. Blankenship tweeted that took attempts at 17-10.50 (5.45 meters) in an attempt to break the U.S. record held by Andrew Irwin (17-9.50 in 2011) before bowing out.
A video on YouTube shows him making a big clearance at the winning height.
Sydney White of East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.) and Sarah Bell of Central Catholic (Bloomington, Ill.) both cleared 12-8 to top the girls competition.
The Pole Vault Summit, as usual, was the largest and deepest vaulting event in the country. Twenty high school boys cleared 15 feet (which is currently good enough for US#27). Meanwhile, 15 of the top 23 performances in the country (11-8 or better) came from the competition in Reno, Nev.