When she walked off the track after finishing 10th at the 2010 IHSA state meet, Stephanie Richartz, then a senior at Carmel High School, was convinced she was done with the sport.
“I didn’t think I was good enough to go on to college and compete at that level,” she said. “I thought that would be the end of it.”
Little did she know that her track career was just beginning.
During that summer, her high-school pole-vaulting coach, Tom Hickey, encouraged her to give it a try at the University of Illinois.
“He said that he saw a lot of potential in me,” Richartz said. “He told me no matter how much I might hate pole vaulting right now, I had to give it another try.”
Two years later, the results speak for themselves.
by: Bob Gosman