Timberg, a Central Bucks West High School senior, began challenging the state girls’ pole vault record last fall, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches before COVID-19 halted her progress. The state record of 13-7¼ wasn’t too far off, so she worked even harder toward breaking it. She started a sprinting and lifting program in October that helped her clear 13 feet, widely regarded as the elite mark in high school. Before the pandemic, she wasn’t on any program.

Two weeks before Timber’s state-record jump, Paige Sommers of California’s Westlake High School set the national outdoor high school record by clearing 14 feet, 8½ inches, breaking the previous mark of 14-8¼. Timberg is aware, and has her sights on it.

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