This Friday the top track and field athletes in the state will be down in Bozeman for the Class “AA” state meet.

For Helena High Senior Terah Cundith it will be one last chance to finish her high school career on a high note. The reigning State “AA” champ in the pole vault will compete for Carroll College next season.

Helena High track athlete Terah Cundith says she loves competing as a pole vaulter.

“It’s just like a hobby.  It’s just fun to go jump, I guess.  And it’s exciting and I don’t know, just challenging.”

Terah began her pole vaulting career in the 8th grade, under the tutelage of Helena coaching legend Doug LeBrun.  LeBrun died in 2011, but Terah helps his legacy live on.

“He passed away my sophomore year from a brain aneurysm. And he was a really great coach.  A lot of record holders and state champions.  And I just jump for him.”

Terah’s hard work and passion for the sport has paid off.  She’s currently the reigning state double-a pole vault champion.  As a high school senior, her personal best is clearing 11 feet, 6 inches.  Terah’s success garnered recruiters from different college programs.  She says she ultimately chose Carroll College over the University of Idaho because she likes the small-school atmosphere, and the coaching staff.   Carroll track coach Matt Morris thinks highly of Terah.

“Obviously Terah’s a great athlete.  She was state champ last year in pole vault and she’s very athletic.  And she’s a great student.  So it’s a good fit for Carroll’s program.”
Cundith says she has a desire to keep getting better, to continue jumping higher.  And that drive is only enhanced by the support of her biggest fan…her mom.”

Terah’s mother Maris is cheering in the stands during most of her events.  She says she does her best to keep up with her daughter.

“I’m very, very proud of Terah.  She’s worked very hard and she’s got a wonderful attitude.  She’s a beautiful, smart young lady and she’ll be jumping for Carroll.  I’m looking forward to it.”

Tara says, “I just know that she’s always there for me and that’s just great to know that you always have someone behind your back, always there for you.”

Coach Morris says Terah has the potential to clear 13 feet in the pole vault next year as a true freshman.


Cundith Vaulter Magazine
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