Squalicum pole vaulter Madi Krussow has enjoyed a meteoric rise in track and field since she began competing four years ago as a freshman.
She's journeyed from a personal-best vault of 8 feet, 6 inches to capturing sixth place at state her sophomore year with a vault of 10-6, then taking fourth at state a year ago, conquering a height of 11-6.
Fresh off setting an all-classifications state record of 13-3 Wednesday, April 30, at Civic Stadium, Krussow signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Washington's track and field team next season.
"I'm really excited," Krussow said in a phone interview. "They have a really good vault program."
Krussow's 13-3 also pushed her to No. 6 among the nation's best vaults. Combined with teammate Kirsten Webber, who owned the previous all-classifications record of 13-1, Squalicum has two athletes among the top eight best prep vaulters in the country.
Krussow said having stiff competition everyday during practice has helped her get to where she is. Utilizing longtime pole vaulting coach Rod Kammenga's vast knowledge has also been key, she said.
"I don't know if any other girl can feel like that, having two of the top (vaulters) in the country going to the same school and being on the same team," Krussow said. "We can help each other get better, and not many people get to feel that."
Krussow, who also was looking at Montana, Montana State, Oregon, Eastern Washington, Western Washington and Washington State, will be the latest Husky in her family.
"When I was little, I always wanted to go there," Krussow said. "I went to a track camp this summer and met the coach and got coached by him for a little bit. They have a really good vault program, and I went and watched a meet a couple weeks ago."
Krussow will be joining two other Storm alumni at UW.
Former standout vaulter Tori Fransen is a freshman on the team, and state champion thrower Gina Flint also competes for Washington.
Krussow said both have told her how nice the facilities and campus are.
"It's been an amazing experience, and there are so many people I've looked up to vaulting," said Krussow of her time with Squalicum. "When I was a sophomore, Tori and Kirsten were really good. I'm really excited to move up and continue the legacy of Squalicum vaulters for (coach Rod) Kammenga."
And Kammenga has been an integral part of Krussow's development in the event. Krussow said her coach has "basically taught me everything."
Krussow plans to utilize UW's renowned medical program, studying either physical therapy or another medical discipline.
Before she heads to Washington, though, she'll be competing for a chance to claim a 2A state title with Webber at the Class 2A State Championships Thursday-Saturday, May 29-31, at Mount Tahoma High School.
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