TACOMA – Courtney Bray had an idea she’d find rarified air at the State 3A track meet.
After all, the Mt. Spokane senior had finished second the past two years and sixth as a freshman. This was her time.
Bray made the most of it Saturday, breaking the state-meet record and winning with a pole vault of 12 feet, 7 inches on the final day of Star Track XXXI at Mt. Tahoma High School.
She took three tries at 13-0¼, attempting to break the overall state-meet record. But by then she had lost some spring from her vault.
Bray had to go to her final attempt to make 12-3.
“I wasn’t pushing hard enough on my pole to get me deep enough into the pit,” said Bray, who plans to vault at Eastern Washington University after doing gymnastics for 11 years.
She was speechless, she said, trying to find the right words to express her joy. She found some, though.
“It’s amazing,” Bray said. “I can’t even put words to it.
“I worked so hard. It feels so good to know I finally did it.”