The bar has been raised in the girls’ pole vault in Maine

For many years after the pole vault was first offered to girls in Maine in 1996, there were very few athletes who cleared 10 feet at the outdoor track and field state championships.

That’s been changing dramatically in recent years.

From 2002 to 2011, the 10-foot milestone was reached by only 12 girls at the state championships for Classes A, B and C combined. In the five years since, 20 vaulters have cleared that height at the state meets.

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