Prep Vaulting's Major Barrier-Breakers, Version 2

Mondo Duplantis is, of course, the first high schooler ever to reach the event's 19-foot barrier. But what about the 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-foot benchmarks?

 

In this updated version, HS Editor Jack Shepard, with some help from Dave Johnson & Jack Pfeifer, points to these historic marks (i = mark made indoors), beginning in the 19th century:

 

10-feet

10-0i    T.E. Sherwin (Latin, Roxbury, Massachusetts)           3/8/90

 

11-feet

11-0     J.B. Phillips (Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts)    5/17/02

 

12-feet

12-½    Roy Mercer (George, Newtown, Penn)           5/12/08

 

13-feet

13-0     Lee Barnes (Hollywood, California)    5/24/24

 

14-feet

14-0     Jim Brewer (North, Phoenix, Arizona)            4/16/55

 

15-feet

15-0     ———Brewer             5/17/57

 

16-feet

16-0     Paul Wilson (Warren, Downey, California)    5/28/64

 

17-feet

17-0     Casey Carrigan (Orting, Washington) 9/12/68

 

18-feet

18-¼    Joe Dial (Marlow, Oklahoma) 8/11/81

 

19-feet

19-1i    Mondo Duplantis (Lafayette, Louisiana)         3/11/17

 

Aditionally, here’s the progression of the record since 18-feet:
18-¼    Joe Dial (Marlow, Oklahoma)    8/11/81
18-1    ———Dial    8/25/81
18-2    Brandon Richards (San Marcos, S Barbara, Ca)    7/11/85
18-2¼    Eric Eshbach (Orangefield, Texas)    5/14/99
18-3    Tommy Skipper (Sandy, Oregon)    6/15/03
18-3½    Shawn Barber (Kingwood Park, Kingwood, Tx)    8/04/12
18-4½    Chris Nilsen (Park Hill, Kansas City, Missouri)    5/21/16
18-5i    Mondo Duplantis (Lafayette, Louisiana)    1/07/17
18-6½i    ——Duplantis    2/04/17
18-9¼i    ——Duplantis    2/04/17
18-10¼i    ——Duplantis    2/11/17
19-1i    ——Duplantis    3/11/17