When Northwood’s Tessa Sheets first moved to Chatham County from Indiana, she had done only high jump. After a few high jumps in practice, she said her coach came to her with what turned out to be sage advice.

“My coach was like, ‘Uh, you aren’t that good, let’s try another event,’ ” Sheets said as she recalled her path to the pole vault pit.

Part of being a good track and field coach is knowing what event an athlete will excel in, but Sheets has done more than excel. She’s dominated the 3A class for years and, last Saturday, won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A indoor track and field championship in pole vault.

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