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Published May 19 2010

Larsons' records not recognized by NDHSAA

Fargo South senior Brock Larson eclipsed North Dakota’s top recorded prep pole vault height on Friday. Fargo North freshman Kira Larson turned in what is believed to be the best Class A high jump in state history on Saturday.

But don’t call them state records.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association – the keeper of the official record book for all of the state’s sanctioned prep sports – does not recognize records surpassed outside of the state meet.

“The main priority for the national federation is head-to-head competition,” said Sheryl Solberg, NDHSAA assistant to the executive secretary. “… (Kira and Brock) have a great opportunity to prove themselves at the state meet. Hopefully, they will have good conditions to do it.”

NDHSAA Executive Secretary Sherm Sylling said records outside of the state meet are not official because there is no way to prevent reporting errors from meets held at different places across the state.

There is also no accounting for wind-aided events at many regular-season meets, Sylling said.

Athletes can qualify for the state meet at any regular season meet regardless of conditions.

However, a state record is only official when the qualified athletes compete under the same conditions at state.

Kira Larson leaped 5 feet, 9 inches en route to a win at the Packer Relays on Saturday. The mark beat what is believed to be the all-time Class A mark of 5-8½ set by Mandan’s Cindy Leingang (1992) and Katelyn Steffan (2005).

The official overall state record is 5-9¼ set by Kindred’s Haley Odegaard at the 2003 state meet.

Brock Larson’s pole vault of 15-7 at Friday’s East/West Classic beat what is believed to be the previous all-time state best of 15-6 held by Fargo South’s Joe Plencner (2005), Bismarck Century’s Kyle Herman (2000) and Bismarck Century’s Chad Ohly (1990).

Ohly holds the official overall state record with a vault of 15-3 at the 1990 state meet.

“Those might be EDC records,” Sylling said. “They would keep those. It’s just not a state record. We don’t negate them, we just don’t recognize them.”

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