That’s the title Sarah Tackitt gets to carry with her from now on as the senior pole vaulter laid claim to the Class 6A state championship Saturday after clearing 12 feet, 9 inches to win in a vault-off against Smithson Valley’s Avianna Trinidad.
It’s been a long time coming for the senior vaulter. Tackitt, the four-time District 2-6A Champion, was making her second trip to the state meet. She set the school record four different times on her way to a fifth-place finish at state in 2018.
This year proved to be the year she would finish at the top.
After clearing 12-9 on her first attempt, Tackitt fell just short in her attempt at 13 feet. However, the same was true for her competitor. With both vaulters having the same number of misses, the bar was lowered back to 12-9. Tackitt successfully made the championship vault and Trinidad could not.
“It’s unbelievable,” Tackitt told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “I can’t even express how much emotion I’m feeling right now.”
Tackitt becomes the third athletic state champion in Frenship history. She joins Sage Thames who won the Class 4A boys pole vault in 2000 as well as the 2002 boys cross country team who won the Class 4A championship.