Lady Hornets pole vaulter Sydney Beverly’s run to state looks very similar to Audie Wyatt’s journey to a state championship last year.

Both Huntsville athletes turned in outstanding performances at the Texas Relays and used the momentum from that meet to propel them to the state competition.

Beverly accomplished one thing Wyatt never did, however, in winning the regional championship on Saturday.

“That was my goal all year,” Beverly said of the Region III championship. “I came in with the highest height (in the area meet), so I had an expectation of getting first. But, you never know when you get here because I had a rough start.”

After finishing the area meet with an 11-foot vault and the district meet with a 12-foot vault, Beverly made Lady Hornets head coach Kathy Lehman nervous when she knocked the bar off her first two tries when attempting to vault 10-6, leaving Beverly one last attempt.

Lehman breathed a little easier after Beverly made it over the bar on her final vault.

That scare was the only part of Beverly’s performance that surprised Lehman, as she was confident Beverly would be state-bound by the end of the afternoon.

“She’s our first regional champion in a long time,” Lehman said. “She gave us a heart attack going in with her lower heights. She’s worked hard all year. She had a disappointment last year and came back this year with an idea of what she wanted to do.”

Beverly seemed to improve the longer the event went on Saturday. She vaulted 11 feet on her second try and 11-6 on her first try.



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