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Flying to title: Freier adds national title, Gatorade award to resume

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Three-time state champion Desiree Freier became a national champion Sunday.

The 2014 Northwest graduate won the women’s pole vault at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Freier cleared 14-1.25 to win the title. Bonnie Draxler was second, clearing 13-11.25.

Up and Over

UP AND OVER – Northwest’s Desiree Freier clears the bar at the UIL track and field championships in May on her way to a 5A state title. She won the USA Track and Field Outdoor Junior Championships in Oregon Sunday, clearing 14-1.25. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“It was a good day,” Freier said via phone before flying home Monday. “They let us practice Friday and that helped. I cleared all my jumps on the first attempt until 14-1. I got it on the second try.”

Freier missed her three attempts at 14.5.

With the title, Freier reserved a spot on the USA team for the IAAF World Junior Championships July 22-27 on the same track in Oregon.

“It’s exciting. What makes it special is making the team for the world championships,” Freier said. “I’ll jump on my birthday.”

Freier won her third straight 5A title in the pole vault in May, clearing 13-6.

Earlier in the spring, she set the national outdoor and indoor high school records. She established the outdoor mark at the Texas Relays, clearing 14-3.25. Freier set the indoor record at 14-2.75 at the New Balance Indoor meet.

She cleared 14-6 at the Class 5A 4/5 Area Meet in Coppell in April.

Freier won every meet since the start of 2014. The University of Arkansas signee was named the Gatorade Texas Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

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