Brookings-Harbor’s Abbey Schreiber, who turned heads last spring when she qualified for the state championships in the pole vault, has turned heads once again.
Schreiber won the girls’ 17-18 year-old pole vault and finished fourth in the triple jump at the United States Track and Field (USATF) Oregon Association Championships at Jesuit High School, Thursday through Sunday. Both marks qualify her to compete in the Junior Olympic regional championships July 7 to 10 in Seattle.
“Making it to regionals in two events was pretty exciting to me, It’s a whole new experience for me, and I’m really looking forward to being there,” said Schreiber, who tied her personal-best mark in the pole vault with a 10-foot, 6-inch leap.
Schreiber actually tied three other vaulters, but in a strange twist, she won based on taking fewer tries to conquer the height. The incoming BHHS senior completed every mark except 08-06 on her first try.
Schreiber was kept off the podium at the OSAA 4A State Championships because, though she had cleared the same height, she took more tries than her other competitors.
Schreiber also recorded a PR in the triple jump with a mark of 33-0.85, which was good enough for fourth place. The top eight in each event qualify for the state championships.
Schreiber, who represented the Prefontaine Track Club at the meet, attributes much of her success to the extra time she has dedicated to the sport and the support of her family and coaches.
“(BHHS assistant) Coach (Joe) Sthen and I have been working on my pole vault plant for over two years and it’s just now getting half-consistent,” she admitted, adding that, “everything takes time.”