Lindsey Sechrist had an impressive career as a pole vaulter at Spring Hill High School.
In four years, she qualified for the state tournament three times. The only time she didn’t make it to Austin was as a sophomore when an ankle injury sidelined her.
Sechrist returned from the injury as a junior and made it back to state. She got hurt midway through the state meet and recorded a seventh-place finish. As a senior, Sechrist went to state in her final opportunity and reached the podium with a height of 11-06 to place third in Class 3A.
With her high school career complete, Sechrist will now take her talents to the college level. She will attend Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“They called me one day, and I looked through everything, and I was interested,” she said. “I went up there, and every building is only about two years old. It’s a small campus, and when you stand in the middle of campus, it feels like a small town. But it’s a 250,000 population city, so it’s the best of both worlds.”
Sechrist chose Indiana Tech over Texas A&M-Commerce and Illinois State.
“They have a great track program,” she said.
Indiana Tech has won two consecutive NAIA track and field national titles.
Sechrist will still compete in the pole vault at Indiana Tech, but she will also participate in the heptathlon, which features the long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin, 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and 800-meter run.
“The thing with the heptathlon is you don’t have to be amazing at all of the events,” Sechrist said. “If you’re above average at most of them, the points will add up.”
Sechrist, who has a best vault of 11-7.75, said she is looking forward to the challenge of not automatically being the best.
“I am looking forward to getting pushed,” she said. “Everyone around me already knows what it takes to be a conference champion. I know I have to come in and work hard to earn it.
“But if I push myself and really strive for it, anything is possible.”
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