E.A. Sports Today

Clearing the bar

White Plains pole vaulter Yates hit personal best at Dauphin Street Vault

By East Alabama Sports Today

MOBILE – Savannah Yates has worked all summer to reach her next milestone as a pole vaulter. She got it Saturday.

The rising White Plains freshman cleared the bar at 10 feet in the Dauphin Street Vault. She had been trying to clear the mark for the past six months and nailed it on her third attempt.

“I have been working towards this personal record for a long time and it has been my goal all summer to clear, so it was a very great accomplishment for me,” Yates said. “I didn’t think I would do so well considering in my warmup jumps I didn’t do good, but (Kennesaw State vaulter Hunter Arnold) came and coached me through it and it helped a lot.

“I was very happy and cannot wait to get better from here.”

After clearing the bar at 10, Yates went for it at 10-6, but hit the ball on all three attempts. White Plains coach John Moore is confident she’ll get there and beyond.

“She is the real deal,” Moore said. “She will compete in college. If anyone can make it to the Olympics, it’s her. She’s a real fireball.”

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