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Carson Dingler Takes First in Pole Vault at GHSA State Meet

ALBANY, Ga. – FPD sophomore track and field standout Carson Dingler defended her title at the GHSA Class-A State Meet on Friday, May 8, taking first place in the pole vault competition for the second consecutive year at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Dingler, who has racked up numerous records and accolades in her young career, cleared the 12-foot mark to claim the 2015 championship, her second in as many years.

“It was a fun day,” Dingler said. “I wasn’t necessarily worried about winning, but I just made it my goal at clearing the height that was set and I did.”

She then attempted to best her GHSA state record of 12’7 from 2014 by setting the bar at 12’9, but just missed out on her attempts after she had already secured the title.

“We are really happy for Carson,” FPD head track and field coach John Griffin said. “She just keeps getting better each and every day. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for. Her teammates look up to her and her work ethic is one of the best that I’ve seen.”

Dingler currently holds the school record in pole vault as well at 13’6. She accomplished that mark earlier this season on Feb. 28 at Griffin High School. The vault also stands as a national record for 15-year-olds.

Dingler, who qualified for this years’ state championship by finishing first in the 2015 Area-1 Championship and Class-A Sectionals, is currently ranked no. 1 in pole vault according to the MileSplit United States Outdoor Track and Field Pole Vault Rankings. 

According to Dingler, seizing another state title is sweet, but the goal still remains the same: get better each time out in competition.

“I just want to get higher and higher,” Dingler said. “If I do that, I can win state the next two years and keep working to make the Olympics.”

Last year, Dingler took home the Atlanta Field Event Athlete of the Year.

It seems as if she could defend that title and more in the coming years.

Check www.fpdvikings.com for updates on Dingler throughout the summer months.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports.

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