Callahan, Toney Soar as CA Vaulters Rule Summit

Ashley Callahan poses after winning at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno. (Photo courtesy of Mike Wagenveld)


California's Ashley Callahan and Scott Toney walked away with top awards after soaring to new heights on Saturday at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno. 

Callahan, a junior at Rancho Bernardo (SD), who trains with the North County Pole Vault Club in Escondido, captured the top high school honor girls with a best of 13 feet, 4 inches to beat Arizona's Taylor Starkey, who also cleared 13-04, on misses. Starkey is a Kansas commit with a best of 13-05.

At the 2019 Reno Summit, Callahan was third in the Girls 2 Division with a 12-foot clearance.

Toney, a senior at Mountain View St. Francis (CC), topped the HS Boys 1 Division with a huge 17-04 personal best clearance. Toney, a University of Pennsylvania recruit, had previous bests of 16-00 indoor and 16-01.50 outdoor.

Toney (at right in file photo) outlasted Bradley Jelmert and Landon Helms, who both cleared 16-10. All three are among the top 12 returners outdoor in the U.S. Jelmert is a senior from Warren (NJ) Watchung Hills Reg. HS headed to Arkansas State, who had previously cleared 16-07.25 indoor and 16-01.50 outdoor. Helms, a sophomore from Emmett (ID) HS, had a previous best of 16-00.75 indoor. 

A year ago at Reno, Toney cleared 16-00, to win the Boys 2 Division. He placed third at the CIF-State Meet with a clearance of 16-01 and is the top returner from the CA Championships. 

Other Golden State vaulters of note:

Caiden Macktinger, a senior at Del Oro (SJ) cleared 16-04 for sixth place in Boys 1 Division. 

Garrett Brown, a junior at La Costa Canyon (SD) who also trains with North County Pole Vault Club, cleared 16-02 for second place in Boys 2 Division, losing on misses.

A year go at this event, Macktinger went 14-06 and Brown went 14-04.

Tyler Burns, a senior at Oak Ridge (SJ), who was sixth at the State Meet last May, cleared 15-10 to tie for seventh in the Boys 1 Division. Burns cleared 14-02 at this event last year.

Callahan is among the nation's top returning vaulters after hitting a 13-06 PR last spring at the Mt. SAC Relays and winning the State Meet at 13-04.

Also in Girls 1 Division, Westlake junior Paige Sommers, who also has a best of 13-06, cleared 12-10 to place third, and Poway senior Katerina Adamiec cleared 12-04 for was sixth (12-4). Both are returning CIF-State Meet medalists. Adamiec, a UCLA commit who has an outdoor PR of 13 feet and placed sixth at State at 12-08, went 10-10 at this Reno Summit last year.

Inserted photo above: Ashley Callahan poses with Mike Wagenveld, the coach of the North County Pole Vault Club, at the 2020 Pole Vault Summit in Reno. (Photo courtesy of Mike Wagenveld)