Starr sets school record in pole vault

By: Matt Long
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After coming within three inches of breaking the school pole vault record last week, Folsom High's Mike Starr didn't wait long to eclipse it. On Wednesday during Folsom's home dual meet with Florin, Starr vaulted over the bar at 14 feet, 7 inches to break the school record by one inch. I skimmed the bar and as I was falling down I was looking at the bar to make sure it didn't fall, Starr said. By the time I landed I knew I had done it and I was really happy. I did a round-off back layout as I was jogging back down the runway. Starr missed on his first attempt at the record, but then switched to a stiffer pole, which helped him clear the bar in his second attempt. I got close on the first vault, but I had too much power and got too deep with the pole, Starr said. For the second vault I switched from the 15 foot, 175-pound pole to the 15 foot, 180-pound pole. It was a really good vault. I remember when I pushed off the pole at the top I felt higher than I normally am. Starr had two good attempts at 15 feet, but narrowly missed on his final attempt. He said he hopes to clear 15 feet at either today's meet at Jesuit or at the Folsom Invitational Depth Charge on Saturday. Folsom High athletes broke two more school records at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Maria Malone broke Natasha LaBeaud's record in the 3,000 meters, which LaBeaud had set at the same meet four years ago. Malone won the 3,000 in 9 minutes, 57.31 seconds, winning the race by two seconds. Malone also placed fifth in the mile run in 5:10.5. Courtney Anderson also set a school record in the 400 meter hurdles, where she ran a 1:10.06 to break Angel Fontillas' record by one-third of a second. Starr placed 16th in the high hurdles in 15.81 and won the pole vault at 13'6. Gianni Vernon-Reynolds finished 13th in the long jump at 20'6 and was 15th in the triple jump in 41'2. Lani Fontillas placed 20th in the triple jump in 29'8. Fontillas, Rachel Roots, Selena George and Sarah Hockensmith placed 29th in the 4x100 relay in 52.05. The 4x400-relay team of Roots, Morgan Pugh, Anderson and Madi Bell placed 22nd in 4:11.07, while the boys 4x400 team finished sixth in 3:31.13. Tommie Williams, Tyler Trosin, Steve Roy and Vernon-Reynolds made up that team. Former Folsom High athletes competing at the Stanford Invitational also included LaBeaud (Georgetown), Michelle Solone (UC Davis), Lauren Mulkey (Cal Poly) and Jake Matthews (UCLA). Competing against Florin on Wednesday, Starr and his teammates easily won the meet, 118-16. On top of his record-setting pole vault, Starr also won the 110 high hurdles in 15.2 seconds, while Folsom athletes had several other first-place finishes. Clay Daly won both the 1,600 and 3,200 in 4:42 and 10:21, respectively. Roy won the 400 (52.7) and Williams claimed the 200 in 22.6. Trosin won the long jump in 20'1" while Vernon-Reynolds won the 100 meters in 11.1. Folsom High athletes won four other individual events, including the 300 hurdles, won by Ron Lowe in 45.1. Ron Ringler won the 800 in 2:15, while Ryan Maddox won the high jump by clearing 5'4". Nico LeGarda also won the triple jump in 40'4". The 400 relay team of Williams, Starr, Matt Baudendistel and Vernon-Reynolds won in 44.4, while the 1,600-meter relay team of Williams, Trosin, Roy and Vernon-Reynolds won in 3:55.6. The varsity girls narrowly defeated Florin, 66-53. Malone won the 800 in 2:31 and the 1,600 in 5:27 to lead the girls. Madi Bell also won the 300 meters in 1:02.2 Folsom won three other individual events, including the 300 hurdles (Anderson, 50.2), the 200 meters (Roots, 27.3) and the pole vault (Hockensmith, 8'0"). The Lady Bulldogs also won two relays. Jessica Schwartz, Hockensmith, George and Roots won the 400 relay in 51.8, while Schwartz, Anderson, Bell and Roots finished first in the 1,600-meter relay in 4:19. The freshman-sophomore boys and girls team were also victorious, the boys winning 85-8, while the girls won 73-19.