After a brief warmup ALA Queen Creek’s Julianna Park sat back and patiently waited. After all, as the reigning Division III pole vault champ, membership had its privileges Friday afternoon at Mesa Community College.
One by one a group of over 20 vaulters from around the state took their respective turns before the main event and before Park even changed into her track shoes.
Two hours later the senior cleared a person best 12-foot jump in her final prep meet and vaulted herself back into the winner’s circle as a state champion once again.
“It feels great and it definitely pumps me up for what’s coming up next,” Park said to Sports360AZ.com moments after accepting her first-place medal. “I was mostly set on a height and getting that height really made my day.”
A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.