Junior Janelle Jaegel of Mount Shasta has become an elite pole vaulter for the Mount Shasta Bears track and field team.
Last Friday, at the Northern Section Division 3 Championships in Mount Shasta, Janelle took first in the pole vault with a 9-foot mark – her best vault ever. On Friday, she will compete at the Northern Section Championships at West Valley High in Cottonwood.
This makes her a true Siskiyou Sensation.
Head track and field coach Steve Neshiem said the following about Janelle:
“Janelle is our best all-around athlete at school. She is a junior and competes in four sports each year, all at the varsity level: cross-country, volleyball,basketball, and track and field. She is the school record holder in the pole vault. She will compete in college somewhere. She is completely teachable and accepting of criticism when necessary.”
Below are her responses to the Siskiyou Sensation questions:
Name: Janelle Jaegel
Parents: Tami and Tim Frisbie, and Tony and Rhonda Jaegel
Coaches: Steve Nesheim, Mark Vardangea
Where I was born and raised: I was born in Arcata and moved to Siskiyou County in second grade.
What I like most about track and field: I like to set personal goals and then work hard in practice so I can achieve them. I also really enjoy spending time with my track family every day.
Why are sports an important part of your life: Sports have always been a major part of my life. They have taught me some of the most valuable life lessons such as working hard, optimism, determination, goal setting, leadership and teamwork.
Besides track, what other sports do you like taking part in: Basketball, swimming, volleyball, cross country and gymnastics.
What has been your most memorable moment competing for Mount Shasta High: Getting on the podium at the section meet my sophomore year.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you: I have never missed a day of school in my life.
What meet do you look most forward to every year and why: I can always count on having a great time at the Dave Allen Twilight Invitational here in Mount Shasta. It is such an unique and fun experience to run under the lights!
Who on your team makes you laugh the most: It is hard to answer this question because there are many people on the team who keep everyone laughing. However, Ellen Sampson, Danielle Tognolini and Christine Holst never fail to make me laugh during practice. I am very fortunate to have such awesome teammates; track would not be the same without them!
If you could meet any athlete alive or dead who would it be and why: Michael Phelps because he is a stud.
Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my family and friends, country music and just being active in general.
Best movie of all time: “Where the Red Fern Grows,” although “The Notebook” is a close second.
Worst movie of all time: Every sequel to a Disney movie; they never compare to the original!
Favorite sports teams: New England Patriots, the San Francisco Giants, Lakers.
Favorite song of all time: Springsteen by Eric Church. Every song by Keith Urban.
Favorite subject or teacher at school: Psychology and any other science-related subject.
What do you like the most about living in Siskiyou County: I love living in a small town where everybody knows everybody. Not to mention it is one of the most beautiful places with endless running options. A few of my favorite places are the McCloud River Trail, Lake Siskiyou and the woods behind MSHS.
What are your track and field goals for the rest of the season and for the next year: I am working toward a breakthrough on my new pole and getting over 10 feet in pole vault before this season is over. I hope to make it to sections and place in the top three. I also hope to break 31 feet in the triple jump and PR in the 800. Next year I’ll strive to PR in all of my events and make a height in pole vault that can take me to the state meet.
What would you like to do after graduating from high school next year: I hope to go to a four-year university to study optometry. I am hoping to continue a sport through college, however I haven’t decided which sport I would like to pursue.
Ten years from now I’ll be: Ten years from now I see myself beginning my optometry career, being close with my family and friends, staying active and marrying a southern gentleman!
Out of the four sports you take part in at Mount Shasta, do you have a favorite? If so, why: There is something different about each sport that I love; however, basketball has always been a passion of mine because of the intensity and competitiveness.
Your family has a collegiate athletic background. How has that shaped you: My mom swam at Humboldt State and later coached there as well. As a result, a lot of time was spent at the pool during my childhood, and thus began my love for swimming. My dad participated in track at Humboldt, my brother is now playing basketball at Fresno City College and my step-dad coaches football at COS. My family’s involvement with sports resulted in me beginning sports at a young age. They gave me a positive and encouraging environment which caused me to fall in love with sports. I am thankful for their support and encouragement still today.
Anything else you would like to add: I am extremely humbled by this honor. I would like to thank my incredible coaches for dedicating so much of their time to making myself and my teammates better. They are always helpful and supportive in everything we do.
By Bill Choy