De Pere's Fabry raises the pole vaulting bar

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DE PERE, Wisc. (WBAY) De Pere sophomore, Olivia Fabry continues to raise the bar clearing a 13’1” vault to become one of just six girl pole vaulters in state history to complete a vault 13 feet or higher. That vault makes her a favorite in division one headed into regionals next week.

“Mygoal this year was 13, so I was hoping it would come along, so I was very happy that it did when I jumped that high. I like cleared it and looked up at the bar and was like ‘Whoa I just cleared that.’” I didn't really think it wasn't in my head that that was going to happen so that was exciting.

What's even more exciting is what Fabry could do with another vault at that height in the state tournament. She'd likely bring home a state title and replace her former teammate Kylie Swiekatowski as the Division I state record holder. She set the DI pole vault record at 12’7” in 2016.

“It's definitely obtainable if I don't freak myself out at state.”

Olivia may be the top pole vaulter in Division I headed into next week's regional meet, but her jumps, although still impressive, were a lot more modest in 2016. She placed 9th at state clearing an 11-foot vault. The difference between then and now, 2’1” and a new found sense of confidence.

“Last year I was very nervous especially being a freshman, being new, l like, this year, I realize that in order to be better than I was last year I need to have a new level of confidence, so I go into every meet thinking ‘I can do it’ instead of thinking, ‘oh what if I mess up, you have to have a new mindset.’"

And she's clinging to that new mindset almost as tight as her pole as attempts to reach new heights at state.

“It’s cause the better you get the more scary it gets cause the farther you fall, so other sports you learn how to do it, it gets less nerve-wracking, but here it always gets more scary,” said Fabry.