Del Oro’s Jacob Bowler lands top National mark in pole vault
It’s fitting that the top prep pole vaulter in the United States is a Golden Eagle.
Del Oro senior Jacob Bowler flied over a bar hoisted at 16-feet, 8-inches Wednesday to easily win a three-way 49er Friendship Meet with Placer and Nevada Union. More importantly — according to Athletic.net — his mark is currently the No. 1 height in the Sac-Joaquin Section, California and even the United States
In fact, Bowler’s 16-8 is nearly a full foot higher than last year’s state championship jump (15-9 by Oak Ridge grad Austin Laut).
“I was walking past on the track and I turned just in time to see him clear the bar,” Del Oro coach Dustin Fee said Thursday. “He was pretty excited when he got up, and it was easy to see that bar was way up there.
“We checked the height and brought people over to confirm that it was 16-8. That’s an incredible height to clear.”
Bowler, who is not yet committed to accept a collegiate scholarship, was unable to reach his opening mark at the 2015 state championships. He won state indoor gold when he jumped 15-6 last winter and hit a 15-9 personal best during the regular season.
To put the 16-8 jump in perspective, consider that the best NCAA outdoor mark this season is just 5.01 meters (about 16-feet-5-inches). Last year, Akron’s Shawn Barber won the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a 5.6 (about 18-4).
Bowler’s jump was the talk of the meet, but Del Oro swept all divisions in team scoring.
Jon Small (200, 400), Logan Bertz (3200), Alexander Carey (110/300 hurdles), Cameron Nitta (shot put), Grant Schneider (discus) and Jack Williams (high jump) finished first for varsity boys.
Kassidy Lee (400), Maddy Lyons (1600), Amanda Baker (110/300 hurdles), Amy Cook (shot put) and Ashley Randall (discus) won events for the varsity girls.
Division IV Placer delivered a strong showing in a tough field of D1 athletes.
Marin Chamberlin, fresh off an SJS Masters qualification as a 2015 freshman, matched her No. 2 section height in the pole vault by winning the event with a 10-0 mark. She also won the 800 and enjoyed victories with 400 and 1600 relay teams.
Sarah Rossiter also won the 200 and long jump for Placer girls, while Kapri Pelle was best in the triple jump.
Placer’s Ryman Crone won the varsity boys 800 and 1600. Joe Robinson was best in the long jump and triple jump. Placer also won the 400 relay.