Berkshire sophomore Dana Shale is in just her second season as a pole vaulter but already she has tied a 14-year old school record.
Shale cleared 8-feet, 6-inches to finish third on Friday at the Aurora Greenmen Invitational, tying the school mark set by Danielle Peters in 2005 and besting her own personal best of 8-feet set a week ago at the East Canton Invitational.
“It was one of the most exciting accomplishments in high school so far, especially with all of the work I have been putting into pole vault for the last year,” Shale said.
Shale tied the mark on her fifth attempt.
She missed her first attempt at 7-feet then cleared that mark and soared over the 7-feet, 6-inch and 8-foot heights. It took just one attempt to clear the 8-foot, 6-inch mark.
“The biggest challenges I face are controlling my nerves and making sure my steps are right,” she said. “I overcome my nerves by taking breaths, telling myself I can do this, and listening to Coach (David) Kindall, who keeps me calm. I overcome my concern of my steps being right by focusing and doing repetitions.”
Shale missed both attempts at 9-feet but she hopes to clear that mark in the near future.
“Now that I have tied the school record, I believe in myself and know I can set a new record for Berkshire,” she said. “It makes me believe in myself even more and that any height is achievable with hard work and dedication.”
Several other Badgers finished among the top eight at the meet.
Madison Romask tied Shale for the highest placement as she earned a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:39.62 and the 800 in 2:34.70.
Elise Kilmer placed fourth in the high jump (4-8), Alyssa Schafer finished fourth in the discus (90-7) and the shot put (29-2).
“I was very happy to place fourth today in both shot and disc,” Schafer said. “It feels good to be able to compete against bigger schools and show that athletes at smaller schools are just as competitive.”
Schafer’s is nearing in on her goals and Friday’s meet gave her the confidence she’ll need to hit those marks this season.
“I was pleased with fourth place, but my goal is to throw over 100 feet in discus and 30 feet in shot put and I haven’t quite achieved that yet. Placing fourth in a meet with such competitive teams gives me confidence that I will have success throughout the remainder of the season.”
Kevin Murphy finished fifth in the 1600 (5:06.22), Nicholas Auth placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (45.21), James Lorenzo placed seventh in the long jump (17-7), Alyssa Dingman finished seventh in the discus (84-3), Donald Reis finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles (19.02), Hunter Gifford placed eighth in the 400-meter dash (57.50), Sam Hanson finished seventh in the shot put (40-7) and eighth in the discus (109-5) and Maitland Fuentes finished eighth in the 800 (2:45.66).
The girls’ 4×100-meter relay team of Alyssa Wolfe, Allie Barcikoski, Morgan Scott and Kaylee Polewchak finished sixth in 55.86 and that same group also placed fifth in the 4×200 with a time of 2:00.32.
Romask also teamed up with Scott, Wolfe and Fuentes to finish sixth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:43.36.
The boys’ 4×200-meter relay team of Jared Wolfe, Ky Bowman, Zachary Wolfe and Nathan McInnerney placed sixth in 1:42.08 while the boys’ 4×800-meter relay team of Ethan Bennington, Kevin Murphy, Caleb Klem and Nick Washell placed sixth with a time of 9:25.07.
Wolfe, Wolfe, Bowman and McInnerney also placed seventh in the 4×100 with a time of 48.95. Auth, Gifford, Bennington and Zachary Yokules finished seventh in the 4×400 in 3:57.42.