A group of us from Three Lakes went down to La Crosse this weekend to compete in a Track & Field meet put on by Badger State Games. This was for all ages to compete against their own age divisions, from the 8 & under category to 80+. This means that I got to compete! It was almost 90 and full sun out, but it was a blast! There were a lot of great performances from our group, and everyone earned some sweet medals. Daisy had a PR in the high jump and made 5 feet for her first time, and Jared set a new PR for the 1500 with a 4:33. I started with long jump and jumped 14’1” (only 3” away from my PR from about 10 years ago)!
The day was magical when it came to my main event: pole vault. My goal was 11 feet (my best in college 6 years ago was 11’10”). In warm-ups, the biggest pole we brought for me was too small, but I was able to borrow poles from UW-La Crosse, and I ended up moving through an additional 4 poles, putting me on poles I used to use in college, as well as gripping close to my old grip too. I made 10’ and 10’6” on my first attempts, and then I missed 11’. Fortunately, it put me as a tie for first female overall at the time, which resulted in a jump-off and giving us an additional attempt at the height. And I made it! Another blessing was having the UW coach there, who not only allowed me to borrow several poles, but also coached me and helped me achieve my goal!