Five Questions with Hannah Walasik, Sophomore, Urbana, Pole Vaulter

How much bravery does the pole vault require? I was a flyer in cheerleading. So, I’ve learned that, as long as you do everything technically that you are supposed to, you will be fine.

How did you become involved in the event? Did you want to try it? Or did somebody have to twist your arm? I also did gymnastics when I was younger, and a lot of people I knew tried pole vault when they stopped and had a lot of success. It looked really fun. So, I decided to try it when I got in high school.

A little more than a year ago, you were vaulting anywhere between six and eight feet, and now you have the capability of clearing 10 feet and winning a county title. Why have you improved so much in that relatively short span of time? I think I improved from last season by not taking a season off. Ever since the end of outdoor in ninth grade until now, I have been training and doing little things to help me become better.

You finished second at the state indoor meet for Class 3A. What did that result mean to you? It felt great to come in second place. I really felt like my hard practices were paying off. I could see how far I came, from not even making it to states and then the next season coming in second.

What sort of goals have you set for yourself during this outdoor season? How high do you think you can go? My goal for outdoor is to score as many points as I can to help my team out in a championship season. We know every point matters. My individual goal is to get to 10’6 or 11 feet by the end of the season.





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