The day Danielle O’Reilly broke the national indoor H.S. pole vault record!!! And the all-time S.J. top-50(-ish)

It’s usually not good news when your phone rings and someone on the other end is screaming.

This time it was.

It was Feb. 9, 2004, and it was Dan O’Reilly on the phone from the Armory in New York.

I was working for the Burlington County Times at the time, and I had asked him to give me a buzz if things went well that night at the Varsity Classic.

They went well.

His daughter Danielle, a senior at Shawnee, had just cleared 13-5 in the pole vault at the Varsity Classic, breaking the national indoor record of 13-4 1/2, set by Kira Costa of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif., one year earlier.

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Earlier that winter, she had broken the state record of 12-0 set in 1999 by Lauren Contursi of Hunterdon Central.

O’Reilly still holds the New Jersey indoor record. The closest anybody has gotten is 13-0 3/4, which Sydney Woods of Northern Valley of Demarest cleared last year at the Spiked Shoe Holiday Festival, also at the Armory.

The closest any South Jersey vaulter has gotten is 12-7. That was Delsea’s Ashley Preston at the Bennett Center in 2018. She’s gone on to win three Big East titles for Villanova.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey list, which this time is not a top-50 list. I’ve got 47 girls on the list who’ve cleared 10 feet or higher. Normally, in this case I would find everybody who’s cleared 9-6 or higher because we do top-50 plus ties. But there isn’t any reliable way to find all the 9-6 vaulters, and there are probably about 30 of them. So we’ll wait until three more girls clear 10-0 or better, and then we’ll have a top-50 list. And considering seven girls cleared 10-0 this past indoor season, that shouldn’t take too long!

I could be missing a few 10-footers as well, just because girls pole vault performances were just never accurately maintained until New Jersey MileSplit came along. Please let me know any corrections or omissions in the comment section!

All-Time S.J. Indoor Girls Pole Vault Top-50 [sort of]

13-5 … Danielle O’Reilly [Shawnee], 2004
12-7 … Ashley Preston [Delsea], 2018
12-0 … Jessica Kloss [Moorestown], 2004
11-6 … Melissa Gale [Millville], 2005
11-6 … Brittney Raffo [Seneca], 2017
11-6 … Lindsey Michie [Northern Burlington], 2019
11-2 … Sarah Parr [Audubon], 2020
11-1 … Kaitlyn Derman [Millville], 2014
11-0 ¼ … Jennifer Scott [Haddonfield], 2019
11-0 … Kristin Weigel [Pennsville], 2009
11-0 … Allyson Brooks [Moorestown], 2008
11-0 … Lori Stratton [Sterling], 2017
11-0 … Alexandra Elder [Moorestown], 2012
11-0 … Robin Rosen [Haddonfield], 2020
11-0 … Julia Greeley [Seneca], 2019
10-7 … Casey Sturts [Buena], 2013
10-6 … Anna Heim [Moorestown], 2006
10-6 … Lauren Tauscher [Moorestown], 2008
10-6 … Emily Waldron [Triton], 2013
10-6 … Katie Selfridge [Delsea], 2014
10-6 … Elizabeth Douglas [West Deptford], 2015
10-6 … Cassie Hoxit [Lenape], 2016
10-6 … Alana Cohen [Cherry Hill East], 2017
10-6 … Colleen McDowell [Seneca], 2011
10-6 … Sophia Crozier-Carole [Mainland Reg.], 2019
10-6 … Abby Boggs [Rancocas Valley], 2019
10-6 … Lisa Martin [Mainland Reg.], 2006
10-6 … Madison Mamounis [Delsea], 2018
10-6 … Allison Bobst [Kingsway], 2020
10-4 … Christina Kursewicz [Clearview], 2011
10-0 … Lauren Taylor [Cherokee], 2008
10-0 … Tracey Masterson [Mainland Reg.], 2011
10-0 … Lexi Brown [Delsea], 2012
10-0 … Laura Ortiz [Atlantic City], 2015
10-0 … Rachel Ondricek [Pennsville], 2016
10-0 … Erin Gray [Kingsway], 2017
10-0 … Christina Lees [Sterling], 2010
10-0 … Justine Thomas [Sterling], 2015
10-0 … Shannon Storms [Lenape], 2016
10-0 … Rebecca Bohi [Seneca], 2016
10-0 … Fiona Basewitz [Collingswood], 2020
10-0 … Meghan Dineen [Pennsville], 2010
10-0 … Tifani Beebe [Millville], 2008
10-0 … Kristen Visconti [Cherokee], 2013
10-0 … Miranda Roberts [Washington Twp.], 2012
10-0 … Claudia Theriault [West Deptford], 2013
10-0 … Sarah Polistina [Absegami], 2016

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