Heartland’s Casper chooses UNK

HENDERSON – At first, it was a little scary.

In the summer before her seventh-grade year, Henderson’s Olivia Casper started to learn how to pole vault for the first time. As a beginner, she began to train for running, jumping and twisting her body with a pole in hand into a sand pit. But when it came time to trying the real deal – getting serious air and vaulting onto a padded landing pit – Casper kept stopping short on the runway before taking flight.

“It took me a little bit,” she said. “I kept not going up.”

But with more practice and help from her vault coach Corbin Tessman, those fears disappeared. Casper became comfortable with the motions and turned out to be pretty good at the whole vaulting thing.

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