LA CROSSE – Brielle Buechler didn’t want to see the streak end.
She didn’t let it.
The Wrightstown sophomore cleared 11 feet, 3 inches to win the girls Division 2 pole vault title on Saturday at the WIAA state track and field meet.
It’s the fifth straight year a Wrightstown competitor has won the state championship in the event.
Buechler followed in the footsteps — and state-record vaults — of Bonnie Draxler, who won four consecutive D2 pole vault titles and holds the state’s all-time record in the event.
“It helped a lot,” Buechler said of Draxler, who was in attendance Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium. “When you see her vault every day you get something new you can pick up that will help you on your vaults.”
Buechler, the top seed, cleared 11-3 on her first attempt at the height to match her personal best. She was one of three competitors left to attempt the height and had only one miss at state.
“It’s harder when you’re seeded first because everyone expects you to do well,” Buechler said. “I just had fun and did my best and it turned out good. It was fun to peak at state.”
Buechler’s state championship came after her older brother, Brandon, extended the Wrightstown wrestling team’s streak of consecutive state place-winners in February with a third-place finish at 170 pounds in D2. Her oldest brother, Brett, won a state wrestling title in 2011.
The toughness of her brothers seemed to rub off on Buechler, who tied for 10th in her first state track and field appearance last year.
“Nothing seems to bother her,” Wrightstown coach Patrick Boyd said. “She can have a miss, and she’ll bounce right back.”
Buechler was excited to pole vault outdoors at state this season. The event was held indoors last year during the weather delay.
However, Buechler did admit to being more nervous than usual in front of such a large crowd.
“I told her just relax and vault away,” Wrightstown pole vault coach Erin Beaumier said. “She knows how to vault. I said nerves are good because it means she cares and she needs to use them to her advantage.”
After clearing 11-3, Buechler made attempts at 12 feet.
She hopes to reach the height next year and extend the Wrightstown pole vault streak.
“I’m hoping it keeps going until I graduate,” Buechler said. “I’m going to do my best to keep improving and hopefully continue it.”
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