Fear is an integral part of competing in the pole vault.

Humans sprint down a runway, then violently thrust their bodies in the air, hoping to clear a bar several feet above their heads.

Makayla Linebarger thrives on that fear.

The Reed senior has the highest leap for the pole vault in Nevada, 13 feet, 6 inches, a mark she set last month in Fallon. It is also the fourth best height in the country for high school girls this year.

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