JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – At Brown Lumber Industries, on the northwest side of Jacksonville, in a tin building at the back of the complex, three Division One pole vaulters are preparing for the biggest meet of the season.

Branson Ellis made a name for himself at Robert E. Lee High School, winning gold at the UIL State Meet the last two years.

That success has continued into college, where he was named SFA’s male athlete of the year and top rookie.

“Really working hard and it’s just now starting to pay off, and I’m starting to see everything pay off,” said Eliis. “It’s amazing to see what hard work really ends up turning into.”

Nastassja Campbell is also a freshman, and secured her spot in Austin with a third place finish in Sacramento, and she has never let her age, or experience, put a ceiling on what she can accomplish.

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