Stephanie Cook and Corey Smith Sweep The Golden South Prep Divisions

Stephanie Cook and Corey Smith both set personal bests this past weekend on their way to the title ofGolden South Prep Division Champion.  Stephanie, aka cookie dough, vaulted a personal best 8’9″ to win in a jumpoff against Anna Hinkeldey. Girls results are listed on – girls prep division.  Both girls failed on their extra attempt at 9′ before Stephanie made 8’9″ to take the win. Stephanie will be a sophomore at East Ridge High School next year.

Corey, who is training partners with Mike Vani at Pole Vault City,  vaulted a personal best of 12’6″ from only a 5 left approach.  He defeated Alex Kanzanski who was second at 12′.  Boys results for the prepdivision can be found at – boys prep divisionCorey will be a 9th grader next year at Holy Trinity, so everyone in 1A better keep that name in mind for the next few years.

In a aerial display, Jack Whitt from Oklahoma, broke the long standing Golden South record previously held by Pat Manson with a vault of 17’10″.  Jack also had 3 excellent attempts at the national record 18’3.5″.  Also in the boys classic competition, Mike Vani vaulted over 5 meters for his second meet in a row with a vault of 16’6″ for a solid second place.  Third place was 14’6″ – so you can see the gap between the Mike and Jack and the rest of the field.  Mike and Jack will compete against each other again at the Nike Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, NC on June 20th.


Author: Bobby Haeck

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