“Run faster” and “jump higher.” Those are just two of the many phrases that ring in Erin Bergeron’s ears each time she’s called upon on the track surface.
According to Bergeron, she’s also heard “more pressure”, “be stronger” and “do it again”. These may seem like pretty straightforward and empty-headed commands, but for the Masconomet senior, they’ve repeatedly served as extra motivation.
With her coaches’ sentiments echoing in her head, Bergeron has become the top female pole vaulter in school history. She also shines in the javelin, shot put, 400 and 4×400 relay, but it’s her prowess in the vault that shines brightest.
Earlier this week, Bergeron broke the Chieftains’ all-time record with a personal best mark of 10-feet-1 inch. Ironically, the record-breaking height came in a rain-soaked affair against Amesbury and Lynnfield.