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Kristen Hixson wins Beach Vault after competing in three countries

Kristen Hixson’s national championship seems distant, but her success isn’t.

At age 25, the former Grand Valley State national champion in the pole vault is enjoying a successful career at a professional — one that is taking her around the world … in a matter of weeks.

In the past two months, Hixson has competed in Phoenix, trained in Chula Vista, Calif., then competed at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento.

Hixson finished eighth at nationals in 14 feet, 5 ¼ inches, well below her career best of 15-3.

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