Algoma’s Feuerstein places third in pole vault

Algoma's Rachel Feuerstein placed third in the Division 3 pole vault at the state track and field meet Saturday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)
Algoma's Rachel Feuerstein placed third in the Division 3 pole vault at the state track and field meet Saturday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

LA CROSSE — While the inclement weather postponed most events at the state track and field meet Saturday morning and early afternoon, one event was able to take place, just inside.

The pole vault was moved inside at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and in Division 3, Algoma’s Rachel Feuerstein placed third by tying her school record of 9 feet, 9 inches. The junior entered as the No. 1 seed and matched her seed height of 9-9, but it wasn’t enough to win a state title.

Still, she was pleased.

“My goal, in general, was to podium (place in the top six) and feel that experience,” Feuerstein said. “To complete my season like this is amazing.

“If I was a little under that I’d be disappointed. Just being her is a great feeling. I’m just happy I made it here.”

Feuerstein said moving inside was different.

“It’s not really beneficial to me because I can get further in the pit with my bend,” Feuerstein said. “It helps definitely when I’m trying to get up there with a little push. It was definitely a change.”

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