Freshman vaults into record book

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  • Mahar’s Sienna Moore clears 8-6 in the pole vault Tuesday at the Woodward Complex in Orange. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 5/10/2019 9:28:44 AM
Modified: 5/10/2019 9:28:32 AM

 If anybody wants to challenge Mahar Regional pole vault records in the future they will have to deal with a pretty high standard set by the Moore family. 

Freshman Sienna Moore recently set the outdoor record, clearing 9 feet 10 inches for the Senators. 

“We say that it’s in the blood,” Moore said. “Because Dad is so good at it. But I love the event.”

There was jubilation after Moore hit the mat.  The first person to greet her during the celebration was her father, Dan Moore, who holds the Mahar Regional record (12-6) set back in 1992.

“We were all excited,” Moore said. “I just jumped off the mat to go hug my dad. He jumped in the air when I cleared it.”

Dan Moore is the pole-vault coach for the Senators. The coaching began at home using homemade equipment.

“He had me practice in the yard,”  Moore said. “We didn’t have a pole. It wasn’t like I could jump on it. It was just plant drills at first.”

At Moore’s first meet as a seventh grader, where she used a real pole-vault facility for the first time, she cleared 7-6 and took first place.

“I started in seventh grade,” Moore said. “It just clicked right away. The first time I ever touched a pole was at my first meet. I just jumped right into it.”

Moore bested the record of Allyson Parker, who is arguably one of the best athletes in Mahar Regional history. 

“You have to be focused,” Moore said. “But not too focused that you are thinking too much. It’s a hard event because you can’t stop in the middle of it in midair and fix something. There’s a lot of things you have to take into account.”

Moore is a favorite in the pole vault for the postseason.       “I guess now it’s about breaking my own records and doing the best that I can,” Moore said. 

Moore works with Patriot Pole Vault Club to train, and she hopes to continue at the collegiate level.

The Senators (6-0, 4-0 Intercounty) have clinched a share of the league title going into their final meet against Greenfield on Tuesday.

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