Leap Of The Year: Boys Pole Vault

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The pole vault has proved to be a dicey event. Gains seem to come mostly to those who are new to the event, or those who really invest their time in perfecting their craft, which explains how a few who have a long history made some massive improvements this year.

The Leap of the Year required an improvement of three-feet, eight-inches, and it goes to Prairie View's Ryan Brown

For the record, that's a massive, massive leap.

Brown opened his 2017 season with a 9-1 personal best, but he clearly jumped to new heights this year. When the dust had settled on the 2018 season, he had a shiny new PR of 12-9. 

This year's runner-up tallied a fairly big leap himself, and it's Eagle Valley's Oliver White, who improved by three-feet, one-inch. The Eagle Valley sophomore went from 10-2 to 13-3. 

A close third-placer was Fairview's Will Chiang, who went from 10-2 to 12-10. 

Of additional note, it's very, very difficult to make big leaps when you're already making literal big leaps, but Max Manson continued to make big leaps, both literal, and in terms of improvement. He had a 16-0.25 outdoor PR at the beginning of the season, and he pushed the bar up 1-3.25 to cap his season at 17-3.5.


AthletePV 2018 PV 2017 Difference
Max Manson 17-3.516-0.25( 1-3.25 )
Cole Rowan 15-816-00-4
Connor Quinlan 15-514-6( 0-11 )
Justin Sandberg 15-214-6( 0-8 )
Samuel Godwin 14-913-1( 1-8 )
Alex Argust 14-6.512-0( 2-6.5 )
Travis Thomas 14-312-2.5( 2-0.5 )
Wyatt Nelson 14-312-6( 1-9 )
Dylan Rodgers 14-212-7( 1-7 )
Holden Daniels 14-1.2513-1.5( 0-11.75 )
Ethan Daubs 14-112-8( 1-5 )
Eric Casey 14-012-5.5( 1-6.5 )
Mikey Mikita 13-1013-3( 0-7 )
Joseph White 13-1012-7( 1-3 )
Tyler Forbes 13-1012-7.25( 1-2.75 )
Stephen Vaughn 13-912-9( 1-0 )
Chad Winkler 13-911-8( 2-1 )
Phillip Zilhaver 13-913-100-1
Hunter Potrykus 13-6.2512-2.5( 1-3.75 )
Mason Adams 13-612-9( 0-9 )
Andrew Jorgenson 13-613-60-0
Nicholas Manning 13-612-1( 1-5 )
Alma Wilson 13-612-4( 1-2 )
Luke Thornton 13-611-0( 2-6 )
Samuel Brown 13-613-60-0
Alius Evans 13-513-100-5
Griffin Hampton 13-414-10-9
Andrew Forbes 13-312-6( 0-9 )
Cameron Thomas 13-312-1.25( 1-1.75 )
Peter Ritschard 13-312-0( 1-3 )
Colton Fine 13-311-10( 1-5 )
Oliver White 13-310-2( 3-1 )
Jack Mann 13-213-60-4
Corbin Frick 13-1.512-6( 0-7.5 )
Trevor Stutzman 13-0.512-6( 0-6.5 )
Tommy Harmon 13-012-9( 0-3 )
Dylan Baken 13-011-7( 1-5 )
Tanner McCrary 13-012-3( 0-9 )
Riley Ellsworth 13-011-1( 1-11 )
Will Chiang 12-1010-2( 2-8 )
Adam Curran 12-1012-6( 0-4 )
Justin Polk 12-1011-6( 1-4 )
Joshua Bowers 12-911-9( 1-0 )
Ryan Brown 12-99-1( 3-8 )
Mitchell Swetich 12-912-90-0
Colin Roberts 12-911-9( 1-0 )
Nathan Rice 12-912-1( 0-8 )


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