For her 18th birthday Thursday, Desiree Freier flew to another United States record.
The 2014 Northwest graduate cleared 14.72 feet in the girls pole vault at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Freier brought home the silver medal with her vault of 4.45 meters. Russia’s Alena Lutkovskaya took gold, equaling the meet record of 4.5 meters.
Eliza McCartney of New Zealand finished third, also clearing 4.45 meters.
“I can honestly say this was the most amazing meet I’ve been to,” Freier said. “The crowd was amazing. All three of us were PR’ing every bar. It was intense and good competition.”
Freier made three attempts at 14-9.
“They said I was close to clearing and if I had one more grip I would have had it,” Freier said.
“I did pretty good. I didn’t get the height I wanted, but I broke the junior record and the high school national record.”
Freier, a three-time state champion in the 5A pole vault and the U.S. 2014 Junior Champion, broke her previous record of 14-3.25 from the Texas Relays. She also holds the indoor record at 14-2.75 from the New Balance Indoor meet.
It was the first time since the start of 2014 that Freier did not take gold at a meet.
She will be vaulting at the University of Arkansas in 2014-15.