Cayla Conley, a senior at Kennedy High School, recently shattered a school record during the track and field conference championship.
Conley, clearing 7 feet, 6-inches in the pole vault, was an entire foot higher than the previous record.
“I’ve always had a love for running,” she said. “It allows me to express any emotion that I’m feeling at the time.”
Head coach Chris Mammome, assistant coach/jumps coach Cici Hirsch and her teammates are extremely proud of Conley’s record as well as the team’s achievements.
“She scored almost all of the points for the girls team at the conference championships,” Mammone explained.
“The coaches are very motivating, even when you are having a rough day,” Conley added. “They taught us that it doesn’t determine how the rest of your performances will go.”
Conley said she was hesitant trying pole vaulting four years ago, but pushed herself to do so.
“I carried over track from middle school into the high school setting but wanted to set new goals for myself,” she added.
Conley also earned fourth best school records in long jump and triple jump.