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Exeter’s Cara Miller wins first Berks title in girls pole vault

Exeter freshman Cara Miller is in her second season competing in pole vault and her first at the high school level.

Despite her youth, Miller left her first Berks track and field championships on Thursday with a gold medal.

Miller won the pole vault with a 10-6 to finish first in the event at the first day of the William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet at Shillington.

“It means a lot,” Miller said. “I’m really happy and excited.”

The No. 1 seed, Miller defeated Wyomissing senior Natalya Hemmings, who also scored a 10-6 and took second. Miller went 1-for-1 at 10-6, while Hemmings went 1-for-2.

“She works hard, she’s athletically inclined and she stays focused,” Eagles coach Krista Steinmetz said about Miller. “She just always shows up ready to work.”

With a 10-6, Miller tied her career high, which she set at the Panther Invitational at Schuylkill Valley in April. She broke the Exeter girls program record with that performance, which she matched on Thursday.

“She’s working really hard all the time,” Steinmetz said. “I’m just really proud of her and all the work she puts in.”

While she tied her career best, Miller is looking to continue to improve.

“I’m really proud of myself,” Miller said. “It’s just going to keep going up from there.”

On the track, Gov. Mifflin senior Kaitlyn Highduch won her second straight Berks gold in the girls 3200 on Thursday with a time of 11:03.17.

“The 3200 is my favorite event,” Highduch said. “I love the longest distance event I can possibly do, so being able to excel at it, and to win it, means a lot.”

Gov. Mifflin's Kaitlyn Highduch wins the girls 3200 in 11:03 during the 81st William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet on Thursday at Gov. Mifflin. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Gov. Mifflin’s Kaitlyn Highduch wins the girls 3200 in 11:03 during the 81st William H. Firing Memorial Victory Meet on Thursday at Gov. Mifflin. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Highduch entered the event as the No. 1 seed and beat the silver medalist, teammate Lydia Drago, by more than 30 seconds. With one victory in the books, Highduch will look to carry that momentum into the 800 and 1600 on Saturday.

“It’s just a confidence booster and just another fun race,” Highduch said. “A good last 3200 at my home track.”

Other female athletes who won Berks titles on Thursday: Triple jump: Addison Nudy, Twin Valley, 35-9.25. Shot put: Darasimi Adeyemi, 35-6.5.


Source: Berkshire mont

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