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43rd Golden West Invitational

Pole Vault

June 8, 2002 at Sacramento State University, Sacramento CA

Boys - Girls

Chelsea Johnson 13-6, Tommy Skipper 17-2
win great competitions;
8 girls over 12 feet, 7 boys over 16 feet

by John Dye


After all but two girls cleared 12 feet, it settled down to the big three: Stevie Marshalek WA made 12-10, Julene Bailey ID got a PR at 13-2, and Chelsea Johnson CA, the leading vaulter in the country, matched her season best and US#2 all time mark of 13-6. For the second week in a row, Johnson had three tries to break training partner Shayla Ballentine's US record of 13-8. But just as in the California state meet last week, Chelsea came tantalizingly close but missed.

the Chelsea Johnson high wire act


"It's so frustrating."

For the second straight week, Chelsea Johnson had to smile bravely and discuss missing her goal of the national record.

"It's so frustrating because I'm so close. I'm making 13-10 in practice," Chelsea said. "Maybe I'm thinking of the record too much."

Next is graduation and then the Junior Nationals at Stanford June 21-22, where the focus will be finishing 1-2 to qualify for the USA team for the World Junior Championships in Jamaica in July. "I just want to make the team," Chelsea said, which might make the record come naturally.

Girls Pole Vault
Name Year School Finals
1 Johnson, Chelsea Atascadero 13-06.00
2 Bailey, Julene Skyline 13-02.00
3 Marshalck, Stevie Kennedy 12-10.00
4 Costa, Kira Lemoore 12-00.00
5 Boyle, Elizabeth New Trier HS J12-00.00
5 Morgan, Katie Corona DS J12-00.00
7 Enders, Emily Snohomish J12-00.00
8 Lundgren, Kasey Atascadero J12-00.00
9 Pacas, Monica Atascadero 11-06.00
10 Nishumura, Katie Bella Vista J11-06.00
Thumbs up for Nampa ID jr Julene Bailey after clearing 13-2 for a career high.
Stevie Marshalek WA after a good jump.



Ben Davis Indianapolis IN sr Ray Scotten didn't figure to be a contender, with 17-footers Tommy Skipper OR, Tyson Byers WA and Mike Landers CA in the field. But when it was over, there was Scotten finishing second to Skipper with a PR of 16-10, a 9-inch improvement on his career best in the last two meets of his high school career. Scotten was still undecided on his college choice, but is leaning toward Southern Illinois.

Meanwhile, national leader Skipper won as expected, but missed breaking the meet record at 17-8.25. He has had a sore shoulder lately, which caused him to scratch from the javelin.

Tommy Skipper
Boys Pole Vault
Name Year School Finals
1 Skipper, Tommy Sandy HS 17-02.00
2 Scotten, Ray Davis HS 16-10.00
3 Byers, Tyson University H J16-10.00
4 Moore, David Miramonte 16-06.00
5 Landers, Mike Golden Valle 16-00.00
6 McFarling, Brandon A&M Con. J16-00.00
7 Heuser, Chip St. Xavier J16-00.00
8 Dormaier, Eric University H 15-06.00
9 Murphy, David Arroyo Grand J15-06.00
10 Low, Bob Timpview HS 15-00.00


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