|Division I State Track: BG's Horrigan finishes 3rd in pole vault (6-2-12)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 21:52|
And she’s only a freshman.
The Bowling Green pole vaulter broke her own school record en route to a third-place finish at the Division I state high school track and field championships. PHOTO GALLERY
Horrigan cleared 11-8 to break her mark of 11-6, a height she’s vaulted several times this season, most recently May 25 at the regional where she finished second. MEET RESULTS
Green junior Morgan Estes won the event with a height of 12-5, while Lewis Center Olentangy senior Whitney Bice was second. Bice also went 11-8, but had one fewer misses than Horrigan to break the tie.
Horrigan earned All-Ohio honors for finishing third.
The all-state recognition goes to the top eight finishers in each event at Jesse Owens Stadium.
“I’m very excited about the day. It’s been a great experience,” said Horrigan, the only freshman among the 16 state qualifiers. “It was so much fun.”
After skipping the opening height of 9-6, Horrigan joined the competition at 10-0 and missed her first two jumps — another miss at 10-0 meant she was eliminated from the event.
Vaulters can start at whatever height they choose, but they only have three attempts at each height.
Horrigan made 10-0 on her final attempt, and then made 10-6, 11-0 and 11-4 on her first try. She cleared 11-8 on her second attempt and then missed three of her attempts at 12-0.
Estes made 12-0 on her first attempt, while Bice also missed three times at 12-0.
Horrigan’s regional vault was the fourth-best of the state qualifiers. Estes had the best at 12-5 and only one other vaulter cleared 12-0 at the regionals.
“I stalled out at the end, but the outcome was still good,” Horrrigan said. “I was scared, a little intimidated — (the bar) was six inches higher than I’ve ever been. But the other girls kept me going. There was wonderful competition with all of the girls.”
“I’m really excited for her, just a great day for her,” said BG assistant coach Duff Madaras, who works with the team’s vaulters. “Once she got over the nerves, she was fine and her jumps were clean up to 11-8.”
The third-place finish at state capped an outstanding season for Horrigan, who also set the Tiffin district record with a vault of 11-5 and the Northern Lakes League record with a jump of 11-3.
Horrigan plans to vault year round. She’ll attend several camps during the off-season and vault indoors during the winter high school season.
“I’m really hoping to get another foot or two higher by the end of my high school career,” Horrigan said.
The Division I state record is 13-0 and the Division I state meet record is 12-8.
“This gives me even more motivation for next year,” Horrigan said. “I was hoping for runnerup or to win, but third is just is good and I’m very excited.”
Perrysburg junior Emily Wyrick and sophomore Taylor Monheim both had 11th-place finishes in their events.
Wyrick had a time of 2:17.85 in the 800, and Monheim had a time of 11:20.64 in the 3,200.
|Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 09:08|
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