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    Berkshire’s Dana Shale earns regional runner-up finish

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    Berkshire senior Dana Shale accomplished one goal on Friday and next week she hopes to check off another.

    Shale cleared 9-feet, 8-inches to finish second in the pole vault at the Division III Massillon Perry Regional track meet and earned a berth into next week’s state championships at Westerville North High School.

    “It is very exciting, especially since it’s my senior year and I’ve been working so hard since day one,” Shale said. “I’m glad I get to have one more week and have the chance to compete at state this year. It’s definitely going to be something I’m going to remember forever.”

    Shale passed on the first three heights and easily cleared 8-feet, 6-inches on her first vault. She then needed just one vault to clear 9-0 and 9-4. It took three tries to get over the bar at 9-8. She attempted to match her personal record of 10-feet, 4-inches on her final three vaults but settled for her runner-up finish.

    “I was more than satisfied, even though it wasn’t a PR,” she said. “I only vaulted 9-8, but I’m still so happy I qualified to state. There’s always next week to PR.”

    The 2020 state track meet was canceled due to COVID but in 2019, the seventh and eighth place vaulters tied with a best height of 10-feet, 6-inches.

    To earn a spot on the podium, Shale knows she’ll have to aim for a new PR.

    Managing her nerves only adds to the challenge.

    “I plan on doing what I’ve done every other meet, which is just staying calm and going over my steps and motions and telling myself it’s just another meet,” she said.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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