FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — There are a couple of things that instantly stand out when meeting Ashley Preston.

Her short stature, 5-foot-5, is the first. Her race is next. Holy cow, an African-American girls pole vaulter!?

“No, there are not many black pole vaulters,” the senior on the Delsea High girls indoor track and field team said with a chuckle. “It is very uncommon. I know of only one other black pole vaulter and she graduated last year. So usually I am the only one at the meets.

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