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