Northwest pole vaulter breaks state record set Friday

AUSTIN — Justin Northwest pole vaulter Desiree Freier paid close attention Friday when Lakan Taylor of Saginaw Boswell set a girls state record of 13 feet, 8 inches to win the Class 4A UIL title.

Freier and Taylor are teammates on the Elite Sportz Texas Pole Vaulters Club in Haslet, so when Freier’s opportunity came Saturday during the 5A competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium, she made the most of it by clearing 13-9 on her second attempt.

“When I saw Lakan jumped 13-8 yesterday I had to come out, step up my game and jump 13-9 and I did,” Freier said. “I was keeping a good eye on her yesterday because she is one of my teammates. When I heard she broke it, I said, ‘I have to break it tomorrow.’ ”

Not only was Freier competing with Taylor’s record jump, but she had to contend with Waco Midway’s Annie Rhodes, who also cleared 13-6 but failed to match Freier’s record height.

“That was a goal, to set the record this year, and after Lakan set it yesterday, she had something to go for,” Northwest coach Melanie Green said.

Freier cleared 13-6 on her third attempt, 13-9 on her second attempt and nearly cleared 141/2 on her final vault, but just skimmed the bar.

“I was excited after I jumped 13-9, maybe I got a little over-excited and that’s what kind of threw me off at 14,” Freier said.

“I was also really exhausted. I was just wanting breath and water.”

Inspirational performer

Charlotte Brown of Class 3A Emory Rains received a National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations before Saturday’s evening session .

Although legally blind, Brown is a standout sophomore in academics and athletics. She has 20/400 vision in her right eye, and her left eye can only sense light and dark through a tiny pinhole of vision.

Brown finished eighth in the pole vault Saturday, clearing 10-6. She cleared 11-6 at regionals last month.

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