Barcelona, Spain — Emily Grove’s first trip overseas netted the Pontiac resident a sixth-place finish at the IAAF World Junior Championships Saturday.
Grove, a 2011 graduate of Pontiac Township High School, cleared 4.15 meters in placing sixth at the meet for track and field athletes under the age of 20.
The height, which coverts to 13 feet, 7 1/4 inches, was about 5 inches short of her personal best mark. Grove had cleared three heights with only one miss before going for the 4.15 meters.
Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden won the event at 4.5 meters (14-9).
Grove’s best was 14-2, which had her ranked third in the world coming into the meet. Grove reached her personal-best mark during her freshman season at the University of South Dakota, where she earned first-team All-American honors after placing seventh in the NCAA Division I national championships.
She also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the pole vault and won the USA Junior Championships in the event as well. She tied the South Dakota school indoor pole vault record of 13-7 1/2 as well during the indoor season and earned two All-Summit League honors.