Pike High School athlete and Pole Vault Elite club member Sandra Brown is the 2016 state champion in the pole vault. Sandra entered the meet at 11’9″ with a first attempt clearance, placing her in a tie for first place. She passed 12’0″ and cleared 12’3″ on her second. This miss put her in second place with her having to check out for the 4×100 relay. When she came back, she was up at 12’9″, with 3 attempts left. She had three jumps to determine if she would finish second, or as state champion. It only took one jump, a first attempt clearance earned her the 2016 title. As she step off the pit, she let out a big breath, one I can only describe as relief that all the hard work had paid off. She raised the bar to 13’4″ but was unable to navigate the height. Sandra will be competing next week at the Midwest meet of Champions and at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in 2 weeks.