Delsea’s Ashley Preston equals #3 pole vault mark in New Jersey history with huge PR clearance at Penn Relays!!!!!

Delsea senior Ashley Preston recorded the best pole vault mark by a South Jersey girl in 14 years Thursday when she cleared 12-7 1/2 at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Preston’s mark is tied for third in state history behind Shawnee’s Danielle O’Reilly [13-5 in 2004] and Leah Saifi of Governor Livingston [13-0 1/2 in 2017].

Preston placed third at Penn, behind Alana Carroll of Averill Park (N.Y.) High, who cleared 12-11 1/2, and Kaeli Thompson of Warwick Valley (N.Y.), who also cleared 12-7 1/2. She also extended her own Gloucester County record.

Preston actually missed her first two attempts at the opening height of 10-11 3/4 before clearing on her final attempt to avoid no-heighting.

She then cleared 11-5 3/4, 11-11 3/4, 12-3 1/2 and 12-7 1/2, all on her first attempt, before missing three attempts at 12-11 1/2.

Preston’s previous PR was a 12-7 at an indoor meet at the Bennett Center in January. Her previous outdoor PR was an 11-4 at a meet in West Chester, Pa., earlier this month. Before January, her PR was 11-0 from junior year indoors.

Here’s a look at all the vaulters in New Jersey history who have cleared 12-6 either indoors or outdoors, listed with their best overall mark:

ALL-TIME N.J. POLE VAULT LIST
13-5 … Danielle O’Reilly [Shawnee], 2004 [i]
13-0 1/2 … Leah Saifi [Governor Livingston], 2017 [i]
12-7 1/2 … Chrissy Finkel [Monroe Twp.], 2008 [i]
12-7 1/2 … Ashley Preston [Delsea], 2018
12-7 1/4 … Nicole Pompei [Hanover Park], 2009 [o]
12-7 1/2 …  Jennifer Holly [Barnegat], 2008 [i]
12-7 … Kelly Burke [Cranford], 2010 [o]
12-6 1/2  … Chelsea Vaughan [Southern Reg.], 2012 [i]
12-6 1/2 … Emily Urciuoli [Clifton], 2010 [i]
12-6 1/2 … Natalie Gengel [Princeton], 2005 [o]
12-6 1/4 … Melissa Purcell [Pascack Valley], 2018 [i]
12-6  … Julianna Toto [Middletown South], 2005 [i], 2008 [o]
12-6 … Michelle Rubinetti [Northern Valley-Demarest], 2016 [i], 2017 [o]
12-6  … Haley Horvath [Notre Dame], 2018 [i]
12-6 … Francesca Porambo [Bernards], 2018 [i]
12-6  … Julia Dannenbaum [Pingry], 2017 [i]
12-6 … Marlena Sabatino [Hillsborough], 2012 [o]
12-6 … Jessica Ippolito [Fair Lawn], 2017 [o]
12-6 … Anna Heim [Moorestown], 2010 [o]

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