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Freier flies to record

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Desiree Freier defied gravity once again Saturday with a record-setting performance.

The Northwest senior set the national high school record clearing 14-3.25 in the girls pole vault at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.

Freier garnered the meet’s Most Outstanding High School Performer award.

“I went out there and had my mind focused on the national record,” Freier said by phone Monday after returning from Austin. “I love jumping there. I’ve always jumped well at UT.”

The Arkansas-bound Freier has won two Class 5A state titles at Mike Myers and garnered a silver medal at the track as freshman.

The record vault beat her previous best of 14-2.75 that she cleared at the New Balance Nationals to establish the indoor record last month.

“For me, the biggest thing is that I don’t aim for a place or medal,” Freier said. “I go for the next height and push myself enough to get there.”

Freier missed only one vault, at 13-5.25, before her record effort. She cleared 13-5.25 on her second try and 13-9.25 on the first effort. After getting 14-3.25, she made three tries at 14-6.

“I don’t remember the vaults. People say I almost had the first one,” Freier said. “The last one I ran through.”

Freier wasn’t the only Northwest athlete to bring home a medal from the prestigious meet.

The 4×800 relay team of Clarence Cordova, Jacob Suchors, Ty Thomas and Zach Kirkland took silver with a time of 7:52.55. District 4-5A rival Keller won the race in 7:49.52.

Suchors, Cordova and Kirkland joined Kerry Gleason in the distance medley relay that finished fourth in 10:25.85.

Northwest’s discus thrower Duke Kicinski came in eighth with a throw of 173-11.

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