Competing in the pole vault requires a combination of coordination and courage.
Attempting to propel yourself into the air, to the height of a second-story window or higher, is challenging enough without also having to make sure you position your body to clear the bar.
The York-Adams League has had a number of outstanding pole vaulters who have been able to consistently accomplish the feat over the years. Three vaulters added their names to the list this season.
Jared Allison of Dallastown became just the second person to surpass 15 feet in league history. Dylan Moynihan of Kennard-Dale and Roger Hollenbaugh of Littlestown have recorded jumps of 14 feet or better.
The trio provides the York-Adams Track and Field Honor Roll with three 14-feet-or-better vaulters for the first time in at least 10 years.
All three vaulters qualified for the most prestigious meet of the high school season: the PIAA State Track and Field Championships.
Hollenbaugh will compete in the Boys' Class AA competition Friday, and Allison and Moynihan will vault in Boys' Class AAA on Saturday at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.
Allison is seeded sixth with the 14-9 performance he turned in at the District 3 Meet. However, the Wildcats' star has a personal-best effort of 15-6. Moynihan is in a tie for the No. 8 seed at 14-3. Hollenbaugh's 14-0 effort places him in a tie for fourth in AA.
York High's Jarred Posey whose leaping ability earned him a state silver medal in the triple jump last year, is back this season. Posey is seeded 29th based on a 43-7 1/4 effort at districts, but the Bearcats' star has gone almost five feet farther with a school-record 48-2 3/4 effort.
The highest seeds among York-Adams athletes belong to two speedsters: Red Lion freshman Angelica Gonzalez and Central York senior Megan Lundy. Gonzalez is seeded second in the Girls' Class AAA 200-meter dash, and Lundy owns the No. 2-seed in the Girls' Class AAA 400-meter dash.
Gonzalez finished an extremely close second in the District 3 meet with a superb time of 24.27 seconds. Deme'shia Davis of Central Dauphin East nipped Gonzalez in :24.26. Both runners broke the previous district record.
Lundy, meanwhile, put up an outstanding time of :55.64 to win the district title. In states, she's seeded behind Keyna Woodall of Coatesville who enters at :54.06.
Central's talented sophomore, Jay Stone, is seeded eighth in the Boys' Class AAA 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles, but keep in mind, Stone captured the District 3 titles in both events.
As usual, the York-Adams League will be well represented at states. The competitors will include Morgan Herrick of Hanover and Sarah Hunt of Fairfield who earned District 3 crowns in the Girls' Class AA high jump and long jump, respectively.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-5407.