Blaine's Olivia Adams took home the pole vault title at the Class 1A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 25, but it wasn't without its share of drama and intrigue.
Adams, who entered the state meet at Eastern Washington University the top-rated pole vaulter in the 1A, found herself missing heights she's come so accustomed to making with ease.
So much so that at both 10 feet and 10 feet, 9 inches, Adams struggled to get over the bar in her first two attempts, leaving the third attempt as her final try.
She answered the bell each and every time.
"She had her back against the wall today," Blaine vaulting coach Rob Ridnour said in a phone interview. "To have two misses at the state meet in front of a lot of people takes a lot of toughness."
The most trying of heights was 10-9 where Adams snuck over the bar in her final attempt. Her opponent, Rainier's Nicole Talcott, made 10-9 in her first try.
"I was just stressed because I knew if I missed it one more time I would be out," Adams said in a phone interview. "My coach told me to be strong and to carry out the vault."
Adams made the pressure-packed vault, and Talcott proceeded to miss her first attempt at 11-0, meaning that if Adams sunk it, she would be the state champion.
Something not lost on the sophomore.
"I knew it was pretty much to win," she said. "If I made it the first time, I would be ahead of her, and that gave me confidence."
Adams made 11-0 in her first attempt, cementing her first state championship.