Mountain Top’s Atkinson aims for pole vault gold at District 2 championships

SCRANTON — Victoria Atkinson followed the lead of some of the Wyoming Valley’s top female athletes to an event in which they have collectively made an impact on the state level and beyond.

First, however, the Scranton Prep senior from Mountain Top had to wait for the time to be right just to try the pole vault.

With the Classics lacking a pole vault coach at the time, Atkinson said she was “not allowed” to try the event as a freshman at the school.

Three years later, Atkinson is preparing to head to Cornell University to continue competing in the event on the NCAA Division I level while studying at the Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y.

Atkinson won Phil Tochelli Lackawanna Track Conference Junior High Meet titles in both the long jump and triple jump, setting a Scranton Prep school long jump record, as a freshman. Her interests, however, remained in soaring high.

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