The first girl ever to clear 14 feet in a Pennsylvania pole vault event did so at the Central Bucks West Relays recently, reports Nur B. Adams at the Bucks County Courier Times.
Central Bucks West senior Chloe Timberg used a powerful run and fiberglass pole to hurtle herself 14 feet, 2.25 inches in the air. By the time she thumped to the mat on the other side, the previous state record — 13 feet, 7.25 inches — had fallen with her.
So had a statewide glass ceiling for girls’ sports.
Timberg is now the first female athlete to vault above 14 feet.
The accomplishment positions her as the all-time ninth best girl’s pole-vaulter in the nation.
“Pole vault is something you can always build on,” Timberg said. “It’s like the most unsatisfying sport out there in a sense that even if you jump a life-time PR [personal record], you are always hungry for more. You always want to jump higher.
“The motivation comes from the love of the sport. If you’re doing something you really like, you really feel, it’s not a chore to go out there and practice,” Timberg said. “It feels more like a privilege to be able to go out and compete.”
More on Timberg’s athletic heights is in the Bucks County Courier Times.