Being a top athlete from a small school in the 1A ranks, the pathways to college can be tricky.

Even with those odds stacked against her, Sherman High School graduate Desiree Winslow is ready to break the mold, while joining the track and field team as a pole vaulter at Willamette University in Salem.

“I could not even imagine myself going anywhere for college,” Winslow said. “Growing up, I was not as athletically-inclined doing track. I wasn’t good, but then as I got older, going into high school, I actually fell in love with the sport and developed a passion for it.”

As far as Winslow’s high school pedigree, Winslow is ranked top-10 in six individual events and one relay, and she is ranked fourth in the pole vault with her height of 8-feet-6-inches, set earlier this year on April 6 at the AMJ Invite.

She joins a Bearcat program that has claimed 13 Northwest Conference Championships, 36 All-Americans, and, as recently as last year, qualified for All-Academic Team honors as awarded by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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