Washougal gymnast embraces different vault

Washougal High sophomore Katie Stevens may be relatively new to the sport of track and field, but her natural ability in the pole vault already has her soaring to the top of the standings in the 2A Greater St. Helens League.

Stevens vaulted 10 feet 3 inches — 13 inches higher than the second-place finisher — to win first place in the pole vault at the John Ingram Twilight Meet at Columbia River High School on April 12.

“Before last year, I didn’t even know what pole vaulting was,” Stevens said.

That all changed when Washougal head track and field and football coach Dave Hajek approached Stevens and her family.

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