Alexandra Smith claims sole ownership of Girls Pole Vault Record

In what can only be described as a magnificent couple of weeks for Philippine Pole Vaulting. 18 Year old Alexandra Morrica Smith of De La Salle University cleared a height of 2.76m at the Weekly Relays in Pasig last Saturday. Subject to ratification by PATAFA the height eclipses the joint National Junior Womens Record.

In doing so Smith has erased from the record books the names of Riezel Buenaventura of FEU and Dawn Javellena of ADMU who both cleared heights of 2.70m in 2005 and 2004 respectivelly. Smith actually tied the record last month with a jump of 2.70m during the Weekly Relays in Pasig.

On Saturday the bar was supposed to be raised to a height of 2.80m, but upon re-measurement by officials after the jump it was actually found the exact height was 2.76m. Still however this height was 6 centimetres above a personal best for Smith. Smith who is coached by Mike Pelaez has another year in the juniors is expected to do some devastating damage to the National Junior Record. Perhaps by the end of 2011 it could be 3 Meters or above.

The mark tops off a very good week and year for Philippine Pole Vaulting. With Bettina Macalang clearing 3.10m twice recently. Riezel Buenaventura meeting the bronze medal qualifying criteria for the SEA Games clearing 3.80m. Adel Valdecenas of La Salle Green Hills high school clearing 4.05m twice breaking the Palaro and Junior mens national records. Emerson Obiena and Antonio Chee winning their age grades at the Asian Masters. And Emerson’s son EJ Obiena who is still 14 clearing 3.70m at the weekly relays.

*Photo grabbed courtesy Alexandra Smith via facebook

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8 Responses to Alexandra Smith claims sole ownership of Girls Pole Vault Record

  1. pirieandrew says:

    First question who is Illac?

    Secondly an update. I hvae discovered that the National Junior Record after doing research with Heinrech is in fact 2.80m shared by Anna Natad/79 (98 Weekly Relay Final) and Jam Valenton/89 (08 Weekly Relay Final) at 2.80m.

    Smith is close to this and with another year i have no doubt she will atleast equal or possibly topple this mark. I wish her all the best in this.

  2. pirieandrew says:

    Its a relatively new event in the Philippines especially for women. Take into account nothing much happened as Natad had the record with 2.90m for a while. But secretly there was a very good Filam Deborah Samson in the US College system who was jumping in the 4 meter range.

  3. Pole vaulting, i think, is one event which pinoys can dominate at the world stage. We just need to blend gymnastics with the vaulters as this requires superb upper body strength. One athlete during my time who dominated UAAP juniors was Illac Diaz. Such an all around athlete as he won golds from 200, 400, LJ, PV and Javelin. His advantage was, he took up gymnastics during his early teens. The result was an upper body which is very flexible, but strong at the same time. Just unfortunate that he did not pursue athletics after college.

    • Cristina says:

      What a coincidence!
      Illac is part Italian just like Alexandra MORICCA (this is the Italian side) Smith.
      Alex was also a competitive gymnast and swimmer to boot.
      This kind of cross training certainly develops flexibility and upper body strength!

      • @Christina: wow, what a coincidence indeed! You have a very good point there. I think all athletes no matter what their events are, should do cross training during their off season.

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