Wando rising freshman Hannah Togami won the junior high pole vault national championship at New Balance Nationals last week in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Togmai, who sprained her ankle three weeks ago, sprung as high as 11 feet, 6.5 inches to win — actually 5.5 inches shorter than her vault that won the Class AAAAA state championship in May.
“Coming into it, I was very nervous,” Togami told SC Milesplit. “All the girls were really good. It was tough competition. But I’m excited to come out first.”
Togami set a personal best and Wando school record of 12-1 in March, five inches better than any eighth grader in the country this year. Bishop England rising junior Grace Hotchkiss, at 12-8, is the only girl in the state with a higher pole vault. Hotchkiss placed 16th at 12-05, first of anyone from South Carolina, competing in the high school division at the New Balance Nationals. Palmetto Christian eighth grader Lilly Corley finished seventh at 9-07 in the junior high division.
Baker eighth at Brooks
Academic Magnet graduating senior Colin Baker placed eighth in two-mile run at the Brooks PR Invitational last week in Seattle, Washington.
It was the first career competitive two-mile run for Baker, who is the state Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and state record holder in the 3,200. He finished in 8 minutes, 55.75 seconds — the best of any runner from South Carolina and 9.34 seconds off of meet champion Cole Sprout of Colorado.