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Freier flies to third gold medal

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Northwest’s Desiree Freier cleared the bar only once Saturday – but that was enough to put her back on top of the medal stand.

Freier claimed her third straight 5A pole vault gold medal at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin, clearing 13-6.

Golden Conclusion

GOLDEN CONCLUSION – Northwest’s Desiree Freier waves to the crowd after her final jump Wednesday in the Class 5A pole vault. She cleared 13-6 to win the gold medal for a third time. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I feel really great,” she said. “I didn’t have the best day out there. I thought I’d go a little bit higher. But to get a third gold, which not many can do, I’m really proud.”

No other vaulters topped 13 feet.

Freier, who set the state meet record in 2013, clearing 13-9, entered the competition with the bar at 13-6. She missed her first attempt, clipping her chest on the bar.

“I went through a lot of sticks today. I had a lot of adrenaline,” Freier said. “I was running really fast. I got all the way up to sticks that I’ve never used.”

She easily sailed over the bar on the second attempt, landing on her feet on the mat.

Freier moved the bar up to 14 feet but missed all three attempts at the height.

“It wasn’t my best day but I still put up some good jumps,” Freier said. “I thought I had the bar. When I went up to new sticks it freaked me out. I messed myself up by gripping my hand 3 inches higher.”

Along with being a three-time state champion and four-time medalist, Freier leaves Northwest as the national high school record holder for the pole vault, both outdoor and indoor. She set the outdoor record, clearing 14-3.25 at the Texas Relays in March at Mike Myers Stadium.

Freier also cleared 14-6 at the area meet.

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