LA CROSSE (WLUK) -- Finally.
That was the feeling for De Pere's Olivia Fabry after she captured the Division 1 girls state title in the pole vault Friday at the state track and field meet.
For the second year in a row Fabry entered the state meet as at least one of the favorites to win a state title and this time she showed off her talent not missing a jump until 12 feet, 8 inches.
"It's just like, finally," Fabry said. "I'm just so happy. Last year, I was expecting bigger things for myself, but it paid off. Maybe I peaked at the right time this year.
"I just wanted it so bad and I wanted it so bad last year. Last year was so disappointing."
The Redbirds junior, who placed fourth last year at state, won the title with a height of 12-6 and added nerves played a part in her two previous trips to state.
"I definitely conquered it (nerves) this year," Fabry said. "It's my third year here so I knew what to expect. I learned to control my nerves."
After clearing 12-6, Fabry upped the bar to 12-8 in an attempt to break the Division 1 state record of 12-7. She missed in her three attempts, but she was OK with that.
"I got 12-8 indoor season this year, 13-1 last year," Fabry said. "Probably need to get on a bigger pole."
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