COLUMBUS — Emily Thompson started preparing for the track season in November.

The time, work and dedication paid dividends Saturday, the first day of June.

In basically seven months, Thompson — a freshman at St. Clairsville — became an All-Ohioan in the pole vault.

Thompson became the first Red Devils female to rewrite the school’s record book seemingly each time she cleared a new height and capped it Saturday inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus with an 11-feet, 2 inches clearance, which was good enough for seventh place.

“Getting here and placing as a freshman really means a lot to me,” Thompson said. “I’ve worked very hard to get here and it’s nice to see that hard work pay off.”

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