Top Maryland Athletes in Field Events at Adidas Nationals

Jackson Tuomey (left) and Elizabeth Schriver. (Photos by John Roemer)

With Adidas Indoor Nationals quickly approaching, we finalize our preview coverage by looking at the Maryland athletes entered in the field events!

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Boys Championship Events

High Jump (1 entered)

Mervo junior Vaughn DeVaughn III is just one of two Maryland boys to have cleared the six-foot mark in the high jump this winter. As it stands heading into nationals, he ranks second on the state leaderboard, Geoff Point-du-Jour (6'4) has the only mark better than DeVaughn's 6'2.

Pole Vault (1 entered)

Last summer, 1A state champion Jackson Tuomey set a new personal best in the pole vault when he cleared 15'9. It's tied for the best mark in Maryland since 2010 alongside Glenelg's Calvin Pitney. So far this indoor season Tuomey has cleared 15'2, the fourth-best mark in the past decade-plus, tied with 2020 graduate Carter Holsinger. Tuomey has a chance to make more history this weekend at Adidas Nationals.

Long Jump (1 entered)

Aaron Ray's winning 22'4.50 performance from the 757 Showdown still has him comfortably atop the state leaderboard. It also has him among the top 30 in the U.S. heading into Adidas Nationals.

Triple Jump (3 entered)

At the end of the year, Gilman's star pairing of Donovan Young (47'11.25) and Josh Green (46'7.75) could be regarded as one of the top single-event duos Maryland has seen in a long time. Those marks currently have them sitting at seventh and tenth, respectively, on the national leaderboard going into the weekend. Both are also among the eight best marks recorded indoors since the 2010-11 season. They will also be joined by North Point's Chase Drewery (45'10.25 personal best).

Boys Open Events

Long Jump (6 entered)

As it currently stands there is a three-way race to join Aaron Ray in the 2021 22-foot club; Josh Green (21'8.50) and Oxon Hill's Jevon Johnson (21'1.75) are both entered in the open section trying to do just that. Maryland's field also includes: Nikolas Butler-Simpson (Bishop McNamara), Nicholas Page (Good Counsel), David Strong (La Plata) and Donovan Young (Gilman). 

Triple Jump (3 entered)

The open section of the triple jump features three Maryland athletes who have already recorded 40-foot marks, either this winter or last: Nikolas Butler-Simpson (41'6.75), David Strong (40'8.50) and Frederick Douglass' Tyree Newman (41'0.50 personal best).

Shot Put (1 entered)

The only Maryland boys thrower entered at Adidas Nationals, Bowie's Marquise Burks owns a 43'9 personal best.

Girls Championship Events

Pole Vault (1 entered)

Elizabeth Schriver's 12'1 personal best mark, set just ten days ago, is more than a foot better than any Maryland girl has cleared this winter. She still owns the fourth-best height by any Maryland girl since 2010, with Oakdale graduate Emma King (12'7 personal best) the closest.

Triple Jump (2 entered)

A 38'2.25 performance at the East Coast Invitational has Flowers senior Anissa Bernard among the top 25 triple jumpers in the country. Meanwhile, Quince Orchard's Manie Mevo recorded the second-best mark in the state last winter when she jumped 37'10.75.

Shot Put (1 entered)

Bullis junior Trinity Franklin ended the 2020 indoor season as Maryland's top thrower, eclipsing the 40-foot mark four different times throughout the season. Then in August, Franklin threw a personal-best 44'5.75 at the PA Powerfest, Maryland's best mark since 2017 (and best outdoor mark since 2015). It also landed her a spot among the country's top 25 for the 2020 outdoor season.

Girls Open Events

Pole Vault (1 entered)

Even during a season as uniquely challenging as this indoor season has been, Hereford remains the girls pole vault capital of Maryland. The Bulls are represented by Schriver in the championship section and junior Lizzie Lopez in the open section. Lopez has cleared 10'9 this season after not entering the winter with a personal best of just 8'6.

Long Jump (4 entered)

Only four Maryland girls have reached the 17-foot mark in the long jump this winter, one of them being Glenelg Country senior Amanda Ruffin. Bullis senior Alexis Emery also owns a personal-best mark over 17 feet and could be next in line to join the club this weekend. Also entered: Morgan Bailey (Bishop McNamara) and Abigail Taylor (Bishop McNamara).

Triple Jump (3 entered)

Alexis Emery cleared 36 feet in the triple jump for the first time at the Grant Holloway Invitational back in January. Clearing 37 feet would put her in a group that only two other girls (Anissa Bernard and Anyae Lindsay) have joined so far this season. Also entered: Morgan Bailey (Bishop McNamara) and Abigail Taylor (Bishop McNamara).

Shot Put (1 entered)

Orianna Moore's 36'3 season-best mark has her sitting fourth on the Maryland state leaderboard. However, the Pallotti senior finished last year as Maryland's second-best thrower (40'6.25) behind only Trinity Franklin.