If you only watch Rachel Hill’s pole vault routine, it appears almost effortless. The North Reading junior’s personal best of 11½ feet is 3 feet higher than any other vaulter in Division 4.

Even she says, though, it’s not so simple.

“Pole vaulting looks very fluid, but when you’re actually doing it, there’s so much technique involved and so many phases to perfect,” Hill said. “Even just learning a run is complex because you’re not only running with a pole, but you need to plant at the perfect time and drive.”

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