Clearing Bars / North junior pole vaulter is Republic Girls Track Athlete of Year

The 2019 girls track season was a huge bounce-back year for Adrienne Salemme. The Columbus North junior had a successful high school debut as a freshman when she cleared 10 feet, 4 inches in the pole vault and placed in the regional. But last year, she made only 9-10 and no-heighted in the regional. This spring, Salemme was in top form. She made 11-6 twice and qualified for the state finals, tying for 13th place and earning The Republic Girls Track Athlete of the Year honors. “I’m really excited about how this year went,” Salemme said. “Coming back after last year, I expected it to be a good season. I didn’t realize how good of a season it was actually going to be. It was definitely my best season yet.” Salemme made 11-6 at both the Franklin Sectional and Shelbyville Regional, narrowly missing 11-10 at the regional. But she injured her heel in practice two days before the state meet. She cleared 11-3 at state, but couldn’t get over 11-6. “I was really happy, especially (setting a personal record) in the tournament, then matching my PR again at regional,” Salemme said.

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