Record-Setting Pole Vaulter In Spotlight At State


The talents of Sarah Agnes will take center stage at the Class 3A Arizona state track and field championships this weekend.

The spotlight will be focused on her because she has proven, in the regular season, to be the finest pole-vaulter in the conference. She ranks among the top 10 in the state from all classes 1A through 5A.


Jenna Robertson shows the long jump form that helped her earn the East Region's Most Valuable Athlete Award.

The senior, one of only two on the PHS team, enters this weekend's state meet at Mesa High School as the school record holder with a vault of 10-feet, 3-inches. The new mark was set April 27 at the Winslow Invitational.

At the East region championships May 4 in Snowflake, she battled blowing and gusting winds, on her way to a gold medal effort of 9 feet.

Her vaults turn very impressive, when they are compared to the heights cleared by event champions from the other three regions.

Safford's Samantha Carasco cleared 8 feet to win the South region crown.

In the West regional meet, Ariana Tomayo was over the bar at 7-feet, 6-inches to take first.

A vault of 7-feet, earned Monument Valley's Keri Blackrock the North vault title.

While Agnes is undoubtedly the top gun in the Lady Horn's arsenal, she is not the only one capable of supplying firepower.

Freshman Maddie Nossek travels to state as an East region long jump champion, having leaped 15 feet, 5.75 inches.

The high-flying freshman also qualified for state in the high jump, by finishing fourth at the East showdown.

Speedster Janet Echols took second in the 400 meters and could find herself in the thick of the medal battle at state.

In the 300 hurdles, region silver medalist Nikki DeWees qualified for state.

The Lady Horns also have an all-around points threat in Jenna Robertson who, last week, was named the East region's most valuable athlete.

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