She picked a good crowd to do it in front of, too.
Richeson topped her previous best of 11 feet, 6 inches with a vault of 12-4 Wednesday at the 107th Skagit County Track and Field Championships. The mark is a school and county-meet record.
It’s also the top mark in the state, as reported by athletic.net — and one of the top 25 marks in the country.
Richeson said she switched to a different pole, which she thinks helped put her over the top.
“Everything just clicked, and it just happened,” she said.
Richeson also had the support of plenty of fans, including friends from other schools.
“Everybody went crazy. I’m pretty good friends with the Anacortes team, with kids on Mount Vernon Christian. They were all over there watching,” she said. “By the end, everyone was over there watching.”
Richeson’s mark bests the previous county meet record of 10-6, set by Burlington-Edison’s Courtney Doughty in 2004 and tied by the Tigers’ Niki Stilwill in 2010.
The mark is 24th in the country among those reported to athletic.net.
“It was something to watch,” said Burlington-Edison coach Kevin Gudgel, who noted that Richeson came close on a few attempts at 12-9.
Richeson was not the only county champ crowned Wednesday.