Record vault for Baxter leads medal haul for SoCal track stars at Pan Am championships

Rachel Baxter set a state record, Tara Davis enhanced her gold medal collection and Joseph Anderson, Zachary Shinnick and T.J. Brock each added to the medal haul of Southern California high school track & field stars who shined brightly on the world stage Friday at the Pan American U20 Championships in Trujillo, Peru.

Baxter, a recent graduate of Anaheim Canyon High School, won the pole vault with a clearance of 14 feet, 5.5 inches, breaking the California state record she set with a 14-4 clearance at the CIF Masters Meet in May. Friday’s mark for the Virginia Tech-signee ranks No. 3 all-time among U.S. high school vaulters, according to the Track  & Field News High School Track record book.

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