When Ithaca College senior Meghan Matheny started pole vaulting in eighth grade, she never would have believed that she would win a Division III national title during her collegiate career. Just a few years later, that is exactly what she did.

“Between the end of my junior year [in high school] and the end of my senior year, I improved my [personal record] by a foot and a half,” Matheny said. “And I won outdoor states my senior year. That was when I realized I actually figured this out and I started to get a lot more confident in myself. Until then, it was just something I was doing for fun.”

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