Incoming Lady Tiger eighth grader Amalie Brewer continued her busy summer of pole vaulting on Wednesday with a competition 1,200 miles away.
Brewer and her family were in Greensboro, N.C. while she competed in the 2013 USATF Junior Olympic National Track and Field Championship at North Carolina A&T University. Up against 28 other vaulters from across the country in the 13-14 girls’ division, Brewer cleared 8’9” to place 11th and set a new personal best.
“I was really nervous when we arrived at the stadium,” Brewer said. “This meet was bigger than anything I’ve ever seen and there were thousands of people there.”
The starting height for the pole vault was 6’3” and Amalie decided to come in at 7’3”. She cleared 7’3”, 7’9”, 8’3” and 8’9” all on her first attempt.
“I felt really strong so I was really disappointed when I didn’t clear 9’3” on my third attempt, but I’m very proud to be ranked 11th in the nation,” Brewer said.
The winner of the event – 14-year-old Makayla Linebarger of Reno, Nev. – set a new national record for her age group with a vault of 12’3”.
As for Brewer, she will end her competitive summer season on Tuesday at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Detroit.
“I’ll continue to train at Elite Sportz with my coach Devin Rodriguez to get ready for the indoor season that starts in November,” Amalie said.