Adams repeats as state champ in pole vault

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 31, 2014 

With Blaine moving up to 2A next season, the Borderites' Olivia Adams knew the time was now to capture her second title in as many years.

Coming into the day, the junior realized it would be no cake walk to take home the trophy. Two girls from Lakeside would be tough competition. But as Adams has done time and time again, she stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park.

"She responds well to challenges," Carey Bacon said. "Every time she has been in that situation, she's come through. She was pretty flawless today."

Adams cleared 11 feet, 6 inches with no problems and even gave a run at 12 feet where she cleared but couldn't quite do it without touching the bar. Adams' second state title is just as meaningful as the first.

"It's really exiting," Adams said in a phone interview. "I love the attention."

For Adams, the year was filled with competition against Squalicum's Kirsten Webber and Madi Krussow, both of whom can clear 13 feet. The tough opponents set the stage for Adams to excel at the 1A level.

"It raised the bar for her," Bacon said. "She knew what those other girls were doing and it helped motivate her."

Adams may not be able to repeat as state champion next year at the 2A level, but Bacon says she'll be "right in the mix."

"Next year is going to be tough," Adams said. "I'm just glad I got it my sophomore and junior year."

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