When it came to the New Balance Nationals track and field meet, Emily Savage was not sure what to expect.
The Weston High senior, who will attend the University of Oklahoma next year, was again trying for a personal-best height in the pole vault, something she has already accomplished this spring. While she did not actually vault her highest she accomplished something else for her efforts.
Savage, who has placed first in the pole vault in every meet this spring, kept her unbeaten streak alive. A height of 12 feet, 10.75 inches was good for first place on Saturday, June 15, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.
“That height did it for me at that meet,” said Savage, who has cleared 13’ this season. “I was focusing on form, run, the basics.”
It was the fifth post-season victory this spring for Savage, who also placed first in the South-West Conference, state Class M, State Open and New England meets.
Savage was in a field than included more than 40 competitors from across the nation, beating her closest challenger by six inches. Right after clearing 12’ 10.75” she was getting ready to try for 13’ 3”, which would have been a personal-best, but it was announced that she was the winner.
The victory in her final high school meet also earned her All-American recognition. She had little time to rest, however. Next weekend she will compete in the USATF Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, which includes college as well as high school athletes.
“It hasn’t sunk it yet,” she said, looking back on her performance this season. “Last year I was nowhere close to this. I had so much help along the way. It’s been quite a ride.”