Julia Fowlie never cleared the bar at 11 feet in pole vault in practice.

So there was no way the Charlotte High junior was expecting to reach those heights Saturday.

After all, she cleared 10-6 for the first time at practice Friday.

Charlotte’s Julia Fowlie lets out a yell after going over 11 feet in the pole vault Saturday at the Tarpon Invitational at Charlotte High. STAFF PHOTO / DENNIS MAFFEZZOLI

“I was really shocked when I went over 11 today,” Fowlie said.

She cleared the bar by a good distance to establish a school record.

“It gives me more confidence than ever,” Fowlie said.

She has been trying to reach that height since the middle of her sophomore year.

“I didn’t know if it would have been possible today,” Fowlie said. “I was a little hesitant at 10-6. I had more confidence today than yesterday, because the wind was a little less. Now that I’ve cleared it, I have more confidence going for it.”

Fowlie gets motivation from her coach Jeremy Green and parents Denise and Dan, who want to find a venue for her to vault after the scholastic season.

“My dad gives me drills at home to do,” she said.

Strictly a vaulter, Fowlie now is branching out.

For the first time, she competed in the triple jump and ran a leg of the 4×400 relay team.

“For the first time, I was pleased,” Fowlie said of her 29-2 3/4 effort in the triple jump, good for 15th. “It’s something I’m going to keep doing.”

From: http://preps.heraldtribune.com/2013/03/23/junior-breaks-own-record-at-tarpon-invitational/

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