Peyton Fiedler had already broken the Chase County school pole vault record when she cleared 10’4”, but was successful with two higher jumps to finish here over the 10’8” bar at the Dundy Co. Stratton meet in Benkelman Friday. (Johnson Publications photo)
“Hey, Coach, what d’ya think?” Peyton Fiedler’s face shows it all after clearing the 10’8” pole vault bar as Coach Drew Ahlers comes over for congratulations. Matt Jablonski also works with the pole vaulters as a coach. (Johnson Publications photo)
Girls’ pole vault record now in hands of Peyton Fiedler
Thanks to the uncooperative weather most of the 2018 track season, CCS senior Peyton Fielder has been unable to use a new, longer pole vault pole.
It needed to be warmer to use the pole, and that opportunity finally arrived last Friday in Benkelman as the Lady Longhorns competed in their final regular season meet.
Conditions were perfect, and Fiedler was ready to show what she could do.
Without a miss along the way, Fiedler became the new Chase County Schools pole vault record holder with a 10’8” effort.
It not only set a CCS school record and earned her a gold medal, Fiedler’s vault also smashed the Dundy Co. Stratton meet record of 9’10” which she shared with former teammate Josie Peterson, also the previous CCS record holder.
It was easily a big day for Fiedler.
“I was happy when I went 10 feet. I was excited” just to know the meet record had been broken, she said.
“And I hadn’t hit 10 feet yet this year,” she said.
This track season’s early weather conditions just weren’t cooperating for vaulters, she said.
Fiedler said she’d been frustrated with the cool weather that’s not been conducive to good vaulting. She’d hit the 10 foot mark last season, but hadn’t gotten to that point this season until last week. After entering Friday’s pole vault event at the 8’6” height, Fiedler cleared 9’0”, then 9’6” and finally 10’ all without a miss.
Now the only vaulter in the competition, Fiedler and her coaches had the bar raised four inches to 10’4”, an inch higher than the 10’3” Chase County school record set by Peterson last year at districts.
She cleared it without a blink.
The bar was lifted another two inches to 10’6”, when she said she thought to herself, “No way I could make that.”
But, again, she did it in one vault.
Meet officials then moved the bar to 10’8”, and again she made it look easy, clearing that height in one attempt.
Was there more in her?
She wasn’t sure, and got some strong encouragement from her dad, Scott, to keep going.
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