GRIFFIN, Ga. – FPD sophomore track star Carson Dingler set a new national pole vault record for 15-year olds with a vault of 13’6 at the Griffin High School track meet on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28.
After clearing a vault of 12’9, Dingler set the bar to 13’2 and was successful on her first attempt.
Dingler then decided to set the bar at 13’6. Her first vault was unsuccessful, but on the second try, Dingler cleared the additional height to break the national and state record previously held at 13’3.
“We are really happy for Carson,” FPD head track coach John Griffin said. “She keeps holding herself to a high standard of excellence and her work ethic is tremendous. There’s no doubt she can go as far as she wants in this sport.”
The success of Dingler has been well documented during the past year.
Last year, she set a new state record as a freshman at the GHSA Class-A State Meet.
She also holds the national record for a 14-year-old after a vault of 12’8 at a meet in Birmingham in Feb. 2014.
“She’s a remarkable talent,” Griffin said. “We’re all rooting for her.”
Dingler and the FPD track and field teams return to action on Wednesday, March 4, at a meet hosted by Stratford Academy.
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