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Video: Watch Justin Northwest's Desiree Freier breaks Texas state pole vault record
AUSTIN - The state pole vault record was in a state of flux for a 24-hour period at the UIL state track and field meet.
Fort Worth Boswell's Lakan Taylor broke a six-year-old state record Friday with a vault of 13 feet, 8 inches to win 4A gold. One day later, Justin Northwest junior Desiree Freier one-upped Taylor with a vault of 13-9 to win 5A gold for the second year in a row.
"When I heard she broke it yesterday I was like 'Oh boy, I have to break it tomorrow," Freier said. "And I did."
Breaking a state record was all Freier had left to prove at the state meet. She won silver as a freshman in 2011 and gold as a sophomore last year.
"She came down here wanting to set a record," Northwest assistant coach Melanie Green said.
Freier's career-best vault before Saturday was a 13-7 at her area meet this season. She won state last year with a 12-9.
Freier was tested Saturday by Waco Midway's Annie Rhodes, who successfully vaulted 13-6 on her second attempt. Freier was unsuccessful on her first two attempts at that height but landed the third.
"My nerves were really bad, but I just had to push through it," Freier said.