Tori Anthony missed her graduation ceremony at Castilleja School on Saturday. She didn't, however, miss something else she's been shooting for all year.
While her classmates were wearing caps and gowns and receiving their diplomas, Anthony was in her track gear in Sacramento accomplishing something never achieved before by a high school female.
Already the holder of the national indoor record in the girls' pole vault, Anthony added the national outdoor mark to her growing resume while winning the event at the 89th annual CIF State Track & Field Championships at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College.
Anthony won her second straight state title with a clearance of 14-1, which broke the previous national outdoor record of 14-0 by Tiffany Maskulinski (Iroquois High, Elma, N.Y.) in 2005.
Anthony also broke the American Junior record (20-under) of 14-0 by Lacy Janson of Florida State (2002), giving her three national records this season. Her indoor mark is 14-2 1/2.
"I had to miss my graduation ceremonies, so I was going to go home with something," said Anthony, who next will compete at the Golden West Invitational in Folsom and then the U.S. Senior and Junior National Championships later this summer in Indianapolis.
The World Junior Record in the women's pole vault is 14-8 by Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia in 2001.
Anthony also eclipsed the state meet record of 13-8 held by Shayla Ballentine of Morro Bay in 2001 by clearing 13-9. After raising the national record to 14-1, Anthony took three attempts at 14-3, but missed.
In the boys' 3,200 final, Palo Alto freshman Philip MacQuitty got his first taste of the state meet and found the depth of talent hard to swallow as he finished 22nd in a field of 30 in 9:36.14. MacQuitty was seeded 10th in the race off his CCS-winning time of 9:11.99.
Stanford recruits John Sullivan of Trabuco Hills and Brendan Gregg of Davis fared much better. Sullivan finished fourth in 9:09.89 and Davis took sixth in 9:12.54.
Both Sullivan and Gregg will enter Stanford this fall as two of the top metric two-milers in the nation.