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DyeStat.com – News – Ella McRitchie, Zach Bingham Secure High School Elite Victories at UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit

DyeStat.com - News - Ella McRitchie, Zach Bingham Secure High School Elite Victories at UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit

McRitchie and Jones produce more wins for Northwest Pole Vault Club and Tindall triumphs for Texas Express, with Highland senior Bingham emerging victorious in top boys section; Dolcini earns first women’s college title for Nevada-Reno since 2017, with Amata prevailing for Mt. SAC in men’s college competition

By Erik Boal, DyeStat Editor

RENO – The momentum continued Saturday at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit for Northwest Pole Vault Club, which demonstrated the future of the group remains bright even after twin sisters Amanda Moll and Hana Moll graduate this spring from Capital High and transition in the fall to the University of Washington.

Ella McRitchie, a junior at Bainbridge High in Washington who took third in June at Nike Outdoor Nationals, won the elite girls high school competition with a clearance of 13 feet, 8 inches (4.16m) and Inglemoor High sophomore Jacqueline Jones prevailed in the No. 3 high school section with a personal-best 12-8 (3.86m) at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

Their victories followed Amanda Moll setting national high school and American Under-20 records Friday to win the women’s elite section with the first 15-foot effort by a U.S. prep female athlete, producing a 15-1.50 (4.61m) clearance, with Hana Moll adding a personal-best 14-9.50 (4.51m) to take third.

McRitchie cleared 13-8 on her first attempt to prevail against Indianapolis Cathedral senior and South Dakota signee Kailee Swart, who took runner-up for Pole Vault Elite with a 13-4 clearance (4.06m).

Jathiyah Muhammad, the reigning California state champion representing Dublin High and San Jose Track Club, and one of only two vaulters in state history to achieve 14-foot clearances indoor and outdoor, took third with a 12-10 (3.91m) effort.

Tatum Richards of Emmett High in Idaho representing Dragila Vault Club also cleared 12-10 to finish fourth.

With McRitchie and Jones producing decisive victories, the No. 2 girls high school section featured a more dramatic conclusion, with four competitors all clearing 12-8 to achieve personal-best performances.

Emma Tindall, a senior at Sunnyvale High representing Texas Express, cleared both 12-4 (3.76m) and 12-8 on her first attempts to secure the victory.

Sophia Kowalski of Conroe Grand Oaks and The Woodlands Pole Vault Club produced second-attempt clearances at 12-4 and 12-8 to tie for second with Brooke Walden of Homewood High in Alabama.

Jacelyn Neighbors, a junior at Royse High and Tindall’s…

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