Pole vaulter Sydney Abitanto gave an eye-opening, jaw dropping, record-setting performance at the indoor track and field Meet of Champions on Feb. 24.
“It’s pretty funny,” Abitanto said. “My dad has a video.” In the recording, the North junior’s eyes are wide open and her jaw drops after she clears 11-feet to place seventh in the girls pole vault in the state’s most competitive meet of the season.
Prior to the meet, Abitanto had never cleared higher than 10 feet, and she was seeded 31st. Her first jump turned out to be 10-6, which gave her not only a new personal record, but the school’s all-time mark. It didn’t last long, though. She cleared 11-feet with her second jump to end her record-setting day with a medal.