Jackie McNulty of Oakdale High School sets a new all-time Maryland pole vault record at 13-03. Photo by Wayne Lee Dutrow
Oakdale, 73; 2. Liberty, 45; 3. Century, 43; 4. Boonsboro, 33.
The Oakdale girls essentially ran away with the meet, along with also jumping and leaping over all the competition. Senior Abby Stultz tallied 29 of Oakdale’s 73 points, winning state titles in the 55 hurdles and high jump. She also placed second in shot, while running a leg of the fifth-place 800-meter relay. Stultz will be competing next year for Penn State.
Throwing in 16 points to the effort was junior Charlotte Kowalk who took the state title in the 800 meters, was fourth in the 1600, and served as a part of the fifth-place 3200-meter relay. She won the 800 by defeating Boonsboro’s Meggan Grams, who is bound for Eastern Kentucky University – 2:19 to 2:21.
Oakdale senior Jackie McNulty set the all-time state pole vault record last year at 12-07, a record she held for 24 hours until Olivia Gruver of Franklin broke it at 13-00. Revenge is sweet, as McNulty vaulted 13-00.25 to set a new state mark on Monday. She added another three inches, for a total new mark of 13-03.25! McNulty will be headed to Stanford University.
Also contributing to the Oakdale tally of points were third-place finishes by Alaina McCracken in the 55 hurdles and Jamie Farley in the 500-meter run.
A double winner in 2A was cross country state champion Haley Jackson of Patuxent. The sophomore set a new 2A record in the 1600 in 5:01.95, beating Grams by four seconds. She doubled back in the 3200 to win in 11:00 over Boonsboro’s other distance star, Haley Wright, by 11 seconds. The outdoor battles in these races are going to be epic.
A new 2A state record was set by the Hereford High School girls in the 3200-meter relay in 9:45.14 – by Hannah Ace, Alicia Kozlowski, Sarah Coffey and Catie Denz.
Jackie McNulty of Oakdale. Photo by Wayne Lee Dutrow.