ADAMS CENTER — South Jefferson’s Marly Jacobs can usually be found hustling around the track, moving from event to event, during each track and field meet.
That drive has helped her qualify for three events at the state track meet, which begins Friday at Middletown High School.
Jacobs will take part in the pole vault for the third straight season. She’ll also be in the 400-meter hurdles and will be part of the 1,600 relay, along with Julia Largett, Alycia Haynes and Kaylee Haynes, Madison Neukrich and Alysse Perry. But Jacobs was surprised that she made the states in all of those events.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my high school career,” said Jacobs, who will be participating in track for NCAA Division I St. Francis of Pennsylvania next season. “I was seeded first in all three events, but usually I get tired out after one or two of them.”
The feat is especially noteworthy considering Jacobs is often rushing to each event. She usually shuttles from the track events to the field where she does her pole vault attempts.
“She’s famous for those double-double events where she goes back-to-back,” Spartans head coach Justin Crossway said. “She’s a track and field athlete and not just a pole vaulter.”
Jacobs rushed around during the Section 3 open qualifier May 31 at Cicero-North Syracuse when South Jefferson edged rival Westhill to win the 1,600 relay by two-hundredths of a second. She was the third leg in the race and was exhausted by the end but satisfied with the outcome.
“It takes everything I have and you can’t slack at all,” said Jacobs, who is seeded fourth in pole vault for states.
Jacobs has been the Spartans’ lone state representative the previous two seasons, but will be joined by her relay teammates and Elise Hill, who will be competing in the wheelchair shot put and the 100. Crossway said that Jacobs has been helpful in preparing for the relay.
“I think there’s a lot of camaraderie there and they look up to her,” Crossway said.
Jacobs’ signature event is the pole vault and she’s looking to improve on her school-record of 11 feet. She did reach a personal best of 11-6 during indoor competition, but is seeking to break one more goal.
“My really big goal is to break 12 feet before I graduate,” said Jacobs, who hopes to reach the top six in the 1,600 relay and hurdles at states.
The area weather has affected Jacobs’ preparation for states and training conditions have not been the best. Jacobs went to train in familiar surroundings at Utica College to get ready.
“I think overall marks have suffered in the league and in the section (due to the weather),” Crossway said.
Jacobs has traveled around he state to get in extra practice time. She’s taken part in camps at the University of Buffalo, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Cortland. She also made the transition to winter track from basketball this season. Jacobs made the most of the extra practice and tied for seventh in the pole vault in the state indoor meet.
“It was the repetitions and working on the cues and the progressions,” Crossway said. “It was a move that paid off well for her.”
People in the South Jefferson district can recognize Jacobs as she drives to practice. Her vehicle features a piece of plastic piping that carries her poles, that was attached to her roof by her father.
“We were just thinking about something to carry the poles in and just stuck it up there,” Jacobs said. “Everybody knows about the sewer pipe and everyone knows who I am with the pipe on my car.”