BLACKSBURG — Being a pole vaulter is both physically and mentally challenging.

Even for a champion such as Virginia Tech’s Rachel Baxter.

“It’s definitely tough to throw yourself over a bar and trust your life on a pole,” she said in a recent interview.

“You’re holding onto something that’s bending. People have died pole vaulting. A lot of things can go wrong. You can land in the box. You can land back on the runway. You can miss the pit.”

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