In her first season of track and field, Franklin Regional junior Jo-Michelle “JoJo” Huczko is a favorite at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday at Slippery Rock.

Huczko ranked first in the girls pole vault (11 feet, 2 inches) on the WPIAL performance list as of May 5.

Huczko was looking for something to do after participating in gymnastics and Parkour. She tried hurdles before focusing on pole vault.

“I think she’s caught on so quick because she is an overall good athlete and seems to be fearless,” Franklin Regional coach Bob Ralston said. “Both qualities are needed to be a good pole vaulter.”

Huczko, who hopes to move up to 13 feet, said she is a little nervous about the WPIAL championship.

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