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Morgan, Jarvis give FHS pole vault depth; Vol Classic top efforts told


There’s double-trouble at Farragut if you’re a female high school pole vaulter.

Senior Kathleen Jarvis, defending KIL champion at 7-foot-6, is being challenged by teammate Jessica Morgan, a transfer from Louisiana who cleared 8-foot-6 during a dual meet against Bearden April 17 at FHS (see page 13).

Morgan’s accomplishment came despite missing her favorite piece of equipment. “I think her parents are trying to get her [personal] pole sent from Louisiana, because we don’t have a pole that really fits her,” FHS boys head coach David Ball said. “If she gets her pole from Louisiana, there’s no reason why she can’t pole vault nine feet.”

As for the Region I field attempting to qualify for state early next month, “the field’s wide open now,” Ball said. “We’ve been right there at the top at every meet.”

Ball added that both girls “have great work ethic and great teaching from [assistant] Chris Martland.”

VOL CLASSIC BESTS

During the annual Volunteer Classic Saturday at UT’s Tom Black Track, senior Tom Gilmartin set a school record and finished fourth in the 2000-meter steeplechase (6:46) — his first-ever try in the event — among a talented field. He also completed a personal best in the 1600 run (4:34). “We were very happy with Tom,” FHS girls head coach Chelsea Jacobs said. “He’s been a great leader for the entire team.” Others had personal bests:

Also winning Jacobs’ praise were A.J. Reust (5-9 in high jump), Max Lee in triple jump (41-6), Caroline Sneed in the 1600 (5:34) and Chris Wright in 1600 (4:47).

 

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