For a moment Saturday afternoon, Desiree Freier’s chance at back-to-back state pole vaulting titles was in serious jeopardy.
After missing twice at 13 feet, 6 inches, the Northwest High School junior had to get it in her final attempt or the title would go to Waco Midway’s Annie Rhodes.
With the pressure on, Freier nailed the vault. She went on to get 13-9 in the next round to break the state record and claim the Class 5A pole vault championship.
Rhodes missed all three of her attempts at 13-9, giving Freier the gold. The win clinched her second consecutive state title. She took second her freshman year.
The usually-reserved Freier was already celebrating her record-breaking jump before she hit the mat.
“Anytime that I’ve gotten a PR [personal record] I’ve never jumped up and down and clapped my hands,” she said. “I usually just stand up smile and wave. Today was pretty exciting.”