Abby Beets: OJH’s Best Pole Vaulter Yet

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Abby Beets vaults herself over the bar at the Nixa track meet dual. At this meet, Abby cleared 9’4 and said her goal for the season is 10’0.

Abby Beets does multiple events in track, such as the open 400 meter run, the 4×4 relay, and the 4×2 relay. But her main event? Pole vaulting.

Abby recently broke the Ozark Junior High School record for pole vaulting, at 9ft 7in. She said that out of all of the events she participates in, pole vaulting is by far her favorite.

“I like pole vaulting because it’s not like any other sport or event that you can do,” said Abby.

She practices pole vault three times a week at The Vault House in Marionville outside of school. Abby’s pole vaulting coach at school said that he loves working with Abby.

“My favorite thing about coaching her is that in spite of all her accomplishments, she has taken on a leadership role with all of the other pole vaulters,” said Trent Floyd, the OJH pole vault coach.

Abby isn’t the only one in her family that pole vaults. Her older sister, Katie, pole vaults for OHS. “My sister is actually the reason I wanted to start vaulting,” Abby said. “She helps coach me sometimes when we’re vaulting together. It’s really fun to train with her.” Abby said that while Katie can be helpful, she and Katie are also somewhat competitive. “I’m always working harder, trying to beat her but I don’t think she’s expecting me to ever actually beat her.”

Abby said her whole family is very supportive of her vaulting. “Sometimes, my parents will come to a meet just to watch me vault. They’ll leave before I start my running events,” said Abby, with a laugh. “Either way, I like having them there to watch me vault.”

Abby continues to work hard on her vaulting and said she can’t wait for high school track season and she can’t wait to see what next season brings.