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July 29, 2012

Holy Cross pole vaulter

How did you get into vaulting?

“Basically, because I did gymnastics since I was 3 years old. My freshman year they told all the cheerleaders and gymnasts to try pole vaulting. I know where my body is in the air. It came easily to me.”

Is there a fear factor?

“I’m not scared at all. To me, it’s fun.”

How did you end up at Holy Cross?

“I was recruited to do track. I also wanted to go because they have a real good pre-med program. I was deciding between Division 3 Bowdoin and Division 1 Holy Cross. They also gave me a bigger scholarship.”

It seems like you had an eventful freshman year.

“I had elbow surgery senior year and missed the season. Then I got to Holy Cross and broke my wrist and battled a bunch of sicknesses. I competed in one indoor meet and I placed first at Army. That was 11-2, which is where I was at in high school. When I was finally healthy outdoors, by the time Patriot League Championship came around it was intimidating. It was the biggest meet I had been to. I placed second at 12-1 1/2 then I got fourth at New Englands.”

How are you doing academically?

“It’s definitely hard to balance. Doing gymnastics helped me. I have great time management skills from growing up and doing homework in the car. Freshman year is a huge transition. I have a jam-packed schedule which doesn’t leave me room to mess up. School, practice, study and go to bed. I try to find time for a social life somewhere.”

Do you work?

“I am babysitting, it’s the third year with the same family. And I’m working at the Town Hall in Newburyport.”

What’s something people don’t know about you?

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