It takes about 10 minutes into the gathering for the kicker: Erin Bahler and heights don’t necessarily mix.
Sure. OK. The Tri-County, technically senior at this point, has pole vaulted since matriculating to high school. Her participation began in the event because of older sisters Amber and Leandra, who followed each other to Lafayette Jefferson Regional meets in 2014 and 2015, respectively, each during their senior season.
Ten minutes into a sit-down about Erin’s junior-season accomplishments — amongst them tying the Tri-County pole vault school record at eight feet — she admits, like most younger siblings are wont to do, her foray into the vaulting world was because of her sisters’ example.