Margaretta’s Stimmel wins Div. III pole vault title

COLUMBUS — Margaretta’s Kenna Stimmel put the feather in the cap of a record-breaking freshman season in the most fitting way possible.

The freshman won the Division III state title and broke the Div. III state record in the pole vault, clearing 13-feet-0.25 on her first attempt Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

“Breaking the Division III record, I was really proud of myself. This was my fourth time trying for it and I finally got it,” Stimmel said. “I flew over the bar and I had a lot of hip heighth, and I got it on my first attempt, so that made me even happier. It was just a great day.”

Stimmel went onto attempt the national freshman record, 13-4.25, but after two close attempts, the meet was shut down and the stadium evacuated for over three hours for a weather delay.

Stimmel warmed back up and went for her final attempt, but the rain delay had taken its toll and she wasn’t able to clear the height.

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