Pole vault record falls

On her first attempt at what would become a history-making leap, Brookings-Harbor junior pole vaulter Abbey Schreiber became the first Lady Bruin in the school’s long and storied track and field history to clear 10-feet — breaking Sheena McKay’s 9-09 mark set back in 2000.

Oddly enough, Schreiber never even saw it happen.

“Fun fact: I shut my eyes when I vault,” admitted Schreiber after breaking the mark. “So I can’t exactly tell you what it felt like to go over.”

Schreiber, won the pole vault event and finished second in the triple jump, explained that it’s not a fear of heights that causes her to close her eyes.

“If I see the bar, I hit the bar,” she admitted.

Schreiber didn’t hit the bar much on Saturday — as she easily cleared 8-00, 8-06, 9-00 and 9-06 without ever needing a third attempt at any height, but she admitted it wasn’t as easy as she made it look.

“I actually had trouble at 8-feet. I was going on my wrong marks,” she said. “It was a fairly rough day for my attempts. It wasn’t all smooth.”

On her first attempt at the record, Schreiber envisioned going up and over the bar, made a good run to the ramp and soared through the air. She jostled the bar a little bit, but it remained in place, earning the junior a record she has been after since her freshman year.

“I couldn’t get the smile off my face,” she said. “I bounced around and attacked my coaches.”

Though she is proud of the record, it wasn’t Schreiber’s ultimate goal.

“My goal is to go to state,” she said. “But I have a goal just to be able to compete against (the state’s best) girls.”

After Saturday’s result, she is already there.


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