Webber captures second state pole vault title

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 30, 2014 

TACOMA - When a state title is for the taking, an athlete in line to capture the championship cheering for the competition to match her performance seems outrageous.

But Squalicum High pole vaulting standouts Kirsten Webber and Madi Krussow have fostered a special relationship as two of the top prep vaulters in not only the state, but the entire nation.

After Webber cleared 13 feet during her second attempt during the Class 2A-3A-4A State Track and Field Championships, she became Krussow's biggest cheerleader to do the same.

"It was sad and happy at the same time, because I really, really wanted her to clear it, and it's our last meet together, but we pushed each other all season." Webber said.

Webber, who entered the meet already winning a pole vault state title two years ago and with a PR of 13-1 this spring, said she didn't know how she cleared 13 feet Friday, May 30, at Mount Tahoma High School. The vault wasn't her cleanest of the season, but it was strong enough to add another state championship to her collection.

Webber's height set a new all-classifications WIAA State Meet record. The old mark was 12-7, which was cleared in both 2012 and 2013. Krussow's 12-6 broke the old 2A meet record of 12-3, which was set last year by Burlington-Edison vaulter Tiffany Richeson.

"It's pretty exciting," said Webber of being the new all-classifications record holder. "It was one of my goals last year, but I didn't achieve it, so it's nice to have it this year."

Both Webber and Krussow were thrilled to bring the state title back to Squalicum following a one-year hiatus, and odds are Webber will be in contention next season to earn a third state championship. Webber finished second last year, clearing 12-0, and Krussow took fourth with an 11-6.

"We got a really good girl who's coming up next year, so hopefully it will be two of us here again next year," Webber said.

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