Payton Phillips has proved she’s the next big thing in the pole vault, not only across the state of Georgia but the entire nation.
During her spring season this year with the Carrollton Junior High School girls’ track and field team, she made a leap of 11 feet, 7 inches to set the No. 1 vault in the nation at the junior high level, during the West Georgia Middle School Championships.
“Oh, it’s so cool,” she said afterward. “It was a foot (personal-record) for me, so it was the most amazing thing in the world.”