Maneatis Soars To Third Place at Jr. Olympics

By: Staff Report
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If her performance at the recent Junior Olympic Track Championships in Wichita, Kan., is any indication, there could be a budding new pole vault star at Del Oro High School. Melissa Maneatis, a recent eighth-grade graduate from Franklin Elementary School and soon-to-be Del Oro freshman, rubbed elbows with the best youth pole vault athletes in the nation and came away with a very impressive third place finish. Competing in the youth age group division for girls ages 13-14, Maneatis cleared 10-6 to grab the third place medal. The winning mark was posted by Megan Gray of Lone Star P.V Club, of Texas, who cleared 11-5 3/4. “She did a great job,” said Curt Roth, who coaches Maneatis. “She has all the tools to be a great vaulter if she sticks with it. I’m really proud of her.” Maneatis’ mark did set a new Pacific Association record as she eclipsed the old record set by former Granite Bay pole vault standout Katie Zingheim who went 9-8. Maneatis trains at the Curt Roth pole vault practice facility in Granite Bay. Zingheim also trained there and will compete at Stanford next season. Former Del Oro vaulter McKenzie Landry also trained at the Roth facility and will compete at Cal next season. ~ Staff report