On Saturday morning Watchung Hills junior Bradley Jelmert vaulted a huge PR of 15-07.25 during the SJTCA Meet#5 at the Toms River Bubble. That not only takes over the state lead, not only ranks him US#5, but also moves him up to sixth all-time on the indoor New Jersey pole vault list.
This happened the same day that Liam Landau of Pascack Hills made it over 15-06 at the Hispanic Games in NY to tie for seventh all-time and about two and a half weeks after Delsea Regional junior Nico Morales also cleared 15-06 at SJTCA #1. Morales is also in that seven-way tie for seventh all-time with Landau, they both rank US#9.
Jelmert previously had a best of 15-0 from just a week beforehand, entering the season he had a career PR of 14-01.25 from 2018 outdoors! Last year he was ninth at the indoor Meet of Champions clearing 13-06.
New Jersey hadn't seen an indoor pole vaulter over 15-06 since Luke Annichiarico of NV Old Tappan led the state with 15-06 during the 2014 season. With three current vaulters battling in the top seven all-time this vault season has become very interesting!
The only athletes ahead of these three all-time indoors for New Jersey now are state record holder Bill Lange - Bridgewater East who cleared 17-0 in 1980, Adam Sarafian of Ocean Township 16-03.25 in 2004, Don Heyburn of Cranford 16-02.25 in 1980, Craig Hunter of Robbinsville 16-01.25 in 2013, and Bill Hartley of Southern Regional 15-10 in 1976.