Up, up and away! Taylor pole vaulter seeks fourth gold medal at state track meet

One of the state’s most successful pole vaulters admits she has a natural fear of heights.

Taylor senior Anna Cathryn Griffith has trouble explaining how that is possible. Competing and practicing four days a week, she routinely clears 13 feet. And she’s been doing it for seven years.

“Once I tried it a couple of times, I couldn’t go back,” she said.

Griffith is one of the most versatile athletes to qualify for the UIL state track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Myers Stadium. She will attempt to win the Class 4A state pole vault for the fourth straight year. For good measure, she will also seek medals in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles.

Griffith will attempt to become the first girl to win state in the pole vault all four years of high school. The only boys to achieve the feat are Kyle Henderson of Karnes City (1984-87) and Wayne Guidry of Orangefield (1989-92)

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