PAOLA – Lady Panther junior Samantha VanHoecke could not have scripted her Class 4A state track meet much better, setting a new meet record to win gold in the pole vault after returning to the event after a 100-meter dash to silver place.

VanHoecke was named the Tri-County Spotlight Girls Track Athlete of the Year.

She cleared 12 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault, setting a new state standard in the event.

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