ELK GROVE — Once Ponderosa pole vaulter Kylee Trageser had eliminated the field at Friday’s CIF Masters finals at Elk Grove High, the sky was the limit.
Trageser’s winning vault of 11 feet, 9 inches went unmatched by vaulters from Granite Bay, St. Francis and Placer and from there, the Bruin senior dictated the terms. She immediately set about to clear 12-9, an inch above her Divisionals record from a week ago and did so on her third attempt for a new PR (personal record) before setting her sights on 13 feet.
With the ramp her own personal venue, Trageser nailed the distance on her final vault before a partisan gallery that erupted in applause. Trageser shattered the school record and moved to No. 4 on the state list with the second-best-ever mark at the Masters.
This feels awesome to get the school record,” said Trageser who came in the league and Divisional champ and No. 5 in the state. “On those last two (vaults) it’s nice to get as much time as you want but at the same time intimidating as everyone’s waiting for you. I just tried to not be overconfident and do what I had to do — vault for me and not the competition (any more).”
As one of two El Dorado County vaulters — the other Union Mine’s Leah Bertuccelli — from a field of 27, Trageser sailed through the early rounds and spent much of her time in wait-mode under her sport-brella set up on the Thundering Herd’s football field.
Before entering unchartered territory, Trageser had competiton which came to an end with the bar elevated from 11-6 to 11-9. On her winner, Trageser nudged the bar and her way over, causing movement, and from her back on the landing pad awaited with baited breath as it wobbled but didn’t fall down — instantaneously earning the title of Masters champ and the section’s No. 1 seed at this weekend’s state finals in Clovis.
“That’s one of those times you think ‘oh, oops! Will that (bar) stay on?’ But when it does you say ‘yes!’” said Trageser after getting her medal atop the podium.
Trageser’s vaults at 12-9 and 13-0 both came on her third attempts and both after lengthy discussions with Ponderosa vault coach Don Aguiar. The pow-wow worked as Trageser went up and over — the second earning her a scholarship to Brigham Young University.
“It was technique. She had to get back more … rushing the top … stay with the pole longer,” Aguiar said “She made the adjustments and made it.”
Trageser tried but pulled up trying to conquer 13-3.