Westlake High senior Paige Sommers extended her national record in the pole vault to 14 feet 9 inches on Wednesday at the Marmonte League Finals held at Westlake HS.
Sommers, who had moved atop the all-time national high school list with a 14-08.50 clearance at a Vaulter Magazine event on April 3, pushed the bar half an inch higher on Wednesday.
In the competition, Sommers passed until 12-00 where she then had four consecutive clearances before missing on her first attempt at 14-00. She then cleared on her second attempt at that height and then on her first attempt at both 14-04 and again at 14-09, before missing three times at 14-10.
She used a 14-7/165 pole for her record clearance, her father and coach John Sommers said.
Here's a screenshot of the official results from Westlake Timing:
Sommers, who will compete collegiately at Duke, has had eight meets over the past 15 months where she has cleared at least 14 feet dating to her 14-06 breakthrough at the Thousand Oaks Invitational on Feb. 22, 2020.
Cover photo courtesy of John Sommers. Banner file photo above by Jeffrey Parenti