Liberty pole vaulter breaks national freshman record

Liberty freshman Rachel Homoly starts to clear the bar during a pole vault attempt from last July. Homoly broke the national freshman record for indoor pole vaulting with a 13-foot clearance at Northwest Missouri State Sunday, Feb. 22.

MARYVILLE — Liberty freshman Rachel Homoly set the national freshman indoor record for pole vaulting when she cleared 13 feet at the Northwest Missouri State University Youth/Open No. 3 Sunday, Feb. 23.

Homoly’s mark also tied the indoor state record, as she becomes just the third pole vaulter in Missouri history to clear 13 feet.

Columbia Independent’s Khristen Bryant holds the all-time record with a 13-1 clearance at New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in 2017, one month after she finished her senior campaign with a 13-foot vault to take first place at the Class 1 state meet.

Homoly, who has yet to compete in an official outdoor event at the high school level, won a national title and a gold medal in the 14-year-old division of the AAU Junior Olympic Games, held July 27 to Aug. 3.

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