By Richard Greene
As a freshman, Northwest’s Desiree Freier brought home a silver medal from the state meet.
Saturday, the sophomore rose to the top of the medal stand at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.
Freier cleared 12-9 on her first attempt to capture the Class 5A pole vault crown at the University Interscholastic League track and field meet.
“I gave it my all and did what I wanted,” Freier said about the gold medal. “I didn’t get the height, but I got first place. That’s good enough for me.”
Freier’s 12-9 was three inches better than Tomball’s Brittany Wooten, who took second and the silver medal.
Freier finished second in 2011, clearing 12-3.
“I was six inches better than last year,” Freier said. “Hopefully next year I’ll get six inches or a foot better.”
Freier did not enter the competition until 12 feet. She sailed over that height. She also cleared 12-6 and 12-9 on her first attempts.
“One of my goals was to get all of them on my first attempt,” Freier said.
After clearing 12-9, Freier made three attempts at 13. She got her feet over the bar on her final attempt but clipped the bar with her upper body.
“I was close. I almost had it,” Freier said. “Next year.”