MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The best pole vaulter in state history will not be competing at the state meet this weekend.

Mounds View High School senior Julia Fixsen, the girls state record holder, did not qualify during last week’s section meet — but she had one heck of a high school career.

For all that has accomplished — and boy has she accomplished a lot — what might be most impressive is that it very well could have never happened at all. Call her the reluctant pole vaulter.

“Actually it didn’t appeal to me at all. I was actually frightened about it. I did not want to do it. But my first day, when my friend convinced me to do it with her, I liked the gymnastics part of it,” Fixsen said.

And it didn’t take long until Fixsen was hooked.

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