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Columbus sophomore Jaidyn Garrett set a new meet record with a vault of 12-04 in Fremont on Friday.   

Photo by Evan Nordstrom, Columbus Telegram

FREMONT - Although the Discoverers didn’t have the best day as a team at the Pat Murphy Invite in Fremont on Friday, sophomore pole vaulter Jaidyn Garrett made it a memorable day for Columbus High School anyway.

Garrett led the Discoverers by setting a new meet record in the pole vault, as well as a personal record, with a vault of 12-04.

Not only did she surpass the previous record of 11-06 three times, by vaulting 11-07, 12-00, and eventually topping out at 12-04, the mark she beat was from fellow Columbus High vaulter Kylee Study who set the previous meet record in 2014.

Garrett's effort moves her into fifth on the all-time Nebraska top-10 list.

Following her record setting 12-04 vault, Garrett ran to her mom and exclaimed, “I did it mom!” while sharing an embrace.

“It was really exciting, and it just feels good to be able to do it for my school,” she said following the event. “It just means a lot because all of my hard work is starting to pay off and that is a cool feeling.”

Garrett easily beat out Fremont High School’s Juanita Mendoza for the win, Mendoza bowed out of the competition after vaulting 10-00.

Fellow Discoverer vaulters Emma Brownlow and Neleigh Slusarski finished in eighth and ninth, respectively, with vaults of 8-00.

Columbus also had a good day in the throwing events with senior Catherine Veseth coming in second place in the shot put with a throw of 39-03.5 and Abigail Gerber finishing in fourth with a throw of 37-00.

Other placers for the Discoverers included Jada Lloyd in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 17.51 to earn sixth place. The 3200 meter relay team also finished in sixth place with a time of 11:30.93 from the group of Emily Hall, Aracely Manzano, Mariam Garcia, and Gracie Luebbe.

As a team Columbus finished in seventh place overall with 24 total points, the invitational was dominated by Lincoln Southwest who earned 263 points to take home the title.

"We had several personal bests and keep improving each with more girls placing each week to help the team score," said Columbus head coach Julie Kreikemeier. "We're looking forward to the improvements to see where the girls end up by the end of the season."


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