BURLINGTON, Vt. — An 84-year-old pole vaulter is not putting her pole down anytime soon.
Flo Filion Meiler left Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she will compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and pole vault, for which she is the shoo-in.
The petite, energetic woman from Shelburne, Vermont, said she feels more like 70 than nearly 85.
“But you know, I do train five days a week. And when I found out I was going to compete at the worlds, I’ve been training six days a week because I knew I would really get my body in shape,” she said earlier this month, after track and field training at the University of Vermont.