— Lexi Weeks of Cabot may not have won a medal or qualified for the finals of the women’s pole vault at the Summer Olympics in Brazil, but she’s still proud of her accomplishments this summer.

Weeks, 19, was the third qualifier from the United States in the pole vault. She is the reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champion for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She finished behind Jenn Suhr and Sandi Morris in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Weeks qualified for the Olympics with a pole-vault height of 15 feet, 5 inches.

“I had no idea that I’d be going to Rio, especially coming out of high school a year before the Olympic trials, and I had only jumped 14 feet, 7 inches, and that would not have even put me in the trials,” Weeks said. “Over the last year, I’ve improved so much. I had no idea that I would make the team. The excitement of getting to represent Team USA in Rio — it was extraordinary. Not very many people get that opportunity. It is something I will never take for granted. It was a tough road getting there. It was a tough competition. It was amazing.”


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