OMAHA-Hershey's Brooke Frederick took home the Class C state championship in the pole vault on Saturday.
The Hershey junior won the pole vault by beating Macy Jones of Fillmore Central with fewer misses at 10-feet, 10-inches.
Frederick's victory at the state meet on Friday looks even more impressive considering that she hasn't been 100-percent.
In November during basketball practice, the three-sport athlete Frederick broke her leg chasing a loose ball and crashing into a wall. She missed all of basketball season but made it back in time to compete in the pole vault at the beginning of the season.
In her freshman and sophomore years, Frederick finished in third place in the event at state. In 2010, she was one of three girls to tie for the bronze medal after getting 9-6. Then in 2011, Frederick got up to 9-10 and finished behind Aisha Bourke of Elm Creek, who was the all-class state champion at 11-6 1/4, and Kayla Wiese of Laurel-Concord who had a mark of 10-2.
The success of Frederick has added to a long list of accomplishments the pole vaulters of Hershey have put together in recent years. Chris Streeter won the boys' Class C championship in both 2005 and 2006. Josey Schomp, Ann Kuroki, and Frederick's older brother, Tyler have all collected medals since then.
A big reason for the Panthers' dominance in the event is the coaching of Greg Miller, who is the head coach of the Hershey girls but works individually with the vaulters on both the boys' and girls' teams.
"Coach Miller has helped me a lot," Frederick said to the Bulletin in April. "He is quick to give encouragement and he really knows what he's talking about."