Junior Nathan Soto is CIF-SS Division IV Pole Vault Champion
St. Margaret's junior Nathan Soto brought home the gold in Division IV pole vault competition at the CIF-SS Finals clearing 14 feet, improving on his previous record of 13'6. Soto and teammate Chris Mullen battled it out for the top mark, matching at 13' before Soto successfully topped out at 14'.
The individual championship is the second for the Tartan track and field program in two years, with Emily Sun winning the high jump in 2018.
“The pole vaulters did an outstanding job of setting the tone for the day," said head coach Patrick Bendzick. "Opening the competition with a 1-2 finish by Nathan Soto and Christopher Mullen created tremendous momentum and the other athletes entered their events with a heightened level of confidence as a result. We are extremely proud of this group ”
Sophomore Jackson Adelman turned in a notable result in the 1600m, finishing second at 4:21.94 while the boys 4x400m relay team of Adelman, Matthew Colglazier, Chris Chan and Robbie Graham finished seventh in the finals.
Junior Kyle Juergens rounded out the boys' results with No. 7 and 8 finishes in the shot put and discus respectively.
St. Margaret's girls' results included senior Andi Carnell running a personal best 5:03.28 for a No. 6 finish in the 1600m and 11:24.22 for a No. 5 finish in the 3200m. Junior Emily Sun finished in fifth place in the high jump with a 4'10 result while freshman Celeste Taylor cleared 10' for a fifth-place finish in the pole vault.