Sunday, May 11, 2014
Desiree Freier ends her high school career with a third state championship. The high school national record holder for the pole vault was undefeated this season, and came into her last meet feeling confident.
“I have to say I didn’t have nerves today which is really weird. I usually have some sort of butterflies but I didn’t today, and I don’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing but I love jumping here and I think it was a pretty good day.”
Although Freier didn’t break her national record from Texas Relays, she ends her season with her head held high.
“I came out here to do my best. Maybe I didn’t the height but I got the medal which is pretty exciting.”
Freier will be attending the University of Arkansas next year, but she has something big on her mind before she switches gears and enters college mode.
“This summer I’m going to try to go to the worlds (juniors).” Freier was 9th at the World Youth Championships last year, clearing a height of 12”11.5. She went 13”6 on Saturday, and her national record is 14”3.25. This puts her above last year’s Youth Champion who cleared a height of 13”11.25.
“My long term goal of course is to go to the 2016 Olympics,” says Freier. A three-time state champion and national record holder? The next Olympics is definitely within reach for Desiree Freier.