Huge PR by Keith Holland leads Stockton to 1-2-3 pole vault sweep at NJAC Championships!!!!!

Stockton sophomore Keith Holland destroyed his pole vault PR with a 15-7 victory Saturday at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Meet at his home track, Larry James Stadium in Galloway Township.

Holland’s previous PR was 15-0 from last year’s NJAC meet at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. Holland is now only 6 1/4 inches from the school record of 16-1 1/4 set in 2006 by Jake Owens.

Holland led a 1-2-3 sweep for Stockton, with all three vaulters setting PRs.

Holland has competed in the pole vault in four NJAC meets as a collegian and won all four — indoors and outdoors both last year and this year.

On Saturday, he passed the first five heights — 10-6 through 12-5 1/2 — and cleared 12-11 1/2 on his first attempt.

He had a miss at 13-5 1/4 but then cleared 13-11 1/4 on her first try.

The only vaulters over 13-11 1/4 were Holland and teammates Qudratullah Qadiri, a junior decathlete from Ocean Township, and Matthew Carter, a freshman from Oakcrest.

At 14-5 1/4, Carter cleared on his first attempt, beating his PR of 14-1 1/4 from a meet at Widener last month, to take the lead, Holland cleared on his second try and Qadiri on his third.

That Stockton trio moved up to 14-11, where Qadiri took the lead by clearing on his second, shattering his personal-best of 14-9. Holland cleared on his third, and Carter went out, leaving Holland and Qadiri moving onto 15-7.

Holland skied over the bar on his first try and Qadiri missed three attempts, giving Holland the win and giving Stockton a sweep of the top three spots.

Holland had the bar moved up to 15-9 3/4 but after 10 attempts at lower heights he took three misses.

Qadri had set his pole vault PR of 14-9 as part of a decathlon last spring.

Carter’s high school PR was a 13-6 at last year’s South Jersey Invitational. Qadiri’s scholastic PR was 14-0, which he did twice in the spring of 2016, at the East Coat Relays at Randolph and the Central Jersey Group 3 sectionals at Northern Burlington.

After five of 21 events, Stockton led Rowan 48-45 in men’s team scoring.

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