Pole vaulting may be one of the most difficult sports, but two sisters from the Weber School make it look easy.
In April, Becky and Ariel Arbiv finished first and second in the pole vault at the Georgia Independent School Association track and field state championships, earning the sisters spots in the U.S. track and field national junior championships July 25 to 31. At nationals, both finished in the top six of their age groups while setting personal records in the pole vault.
Becky, now a senior, finished third among the 17- and 18-year-old girls with a jump of 3.8 meters (12 feet 5½ inches). It was the second-highest jump of all time for a girl from Georgia. Ariel, a sophomore, jumped 3.5 meters (11 feet 6 inches), good enough for sixth in the 15-to-16-year-old girls division.
The sisters come from a family of athletes. Brother Jordan, a junior at Weber, plays basketball and soccer, and their father played professional soccer in Israel. Their mother was a high school athlete and is an active runner.