Quezada three-peats in state pole vault, but it soon becomes formality

ALBUQUERQUE – Kiara Quezada again reigned supreme atop the state pole vault scene after winning her third straight title today in Albuquerque, but it soon became a formality.

After securing a new Class 5A state record of 12 feet, zero inches, breaking her own previous state championship record of 11-7 set in 2018, she immediately turned her attention to finally getting the all-time state record of 12-5.

Quezada had three good attempts at it, but ultimately couldn’t quite get it done.

“It does suck, but I still got my (new 5A pole vault) record. I still have a big name in New Mexico sports,” Quezada said. “It’s just not as sweet as I wanted it to be, but it’s still a good win.”

The first two times, she hit the bar while catapulting over to the other end.

The third time, she planted and ascended up. As she turned her body, she barely clipped the bar.

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