It was during her freshman season that South Williamsport grad Katie Jones realized something didn’t feel right. Every time she started to run down the runway in the pole vault before vaulting, she felt constant pain in her knees.
It wasn’t until the January after her freshman year of competition that an MRI revealed that she tore her meniscus in both of her knees. That meant for an entire season, both indoor and outdoor, Jones competed with two meniscus tears. That included when she tied the Penn State record in the pole vault at the Big Ten outdoor championships at 13 feet, 6 1/4 inches.