Alana Carroll was someone her middle school physical education teachers theorized might be ideal for the long jump. As it turned out, Carroll required much more elevation in her life.
How about the pole vault?
“I watched my first pole vault practice (in seventh grade). I didn’t do any jumping, but I fell instantly in love,” Carroll said. “I said, ‘I need to do this.’ I tried it and it was really fun.”
Carroll, now 17, spent nearly 10 years in gymnastics. She proved to be a quick study making the transition to the pole vault. Not only is she the best girls’ competitor in Section II, the junior clears heights higher than the majority of her male counterparts.