The best girls pole vaulter in Arkansas history resides in Cabot.
Junior Lexi Weeks broke the previous state record by a quarter inch during Class 7A state track meet Thursday at Panther Stadium.
Weeks vaulted 13 feet, 6.5 inches. The previous state record was 13 feet, 6.25 inches, set by Stephanie Foreman of Lake Hamilton at the 2008 Meet of Champs.
“Since ninth grade, I’ve been looking for Stephanie Foreman,” Weeks said after finishing the pole vault. “Every year, I try to get to her record. Finally, to beat her overall state record, it’s just awesome. I’ve been hoping to get that all year long.”
In fact, Weeks jumped 13 feet, 10 inches, in Bryant earlier this season. However, state records can only be set in the state meet and the Meet of Champs.
Weeks’ twin sister Tori finished second with a height of 13 feet, 0.75 inches.
“It’s always fun because she is there to correct me when I don’t know what to do and when she jumps a height, it pushes me to jump that same height,” Lexi said. “We’re there to encourage each other.”
The Weeks twins have been pole vaulting since seventh grade.
“Coach (Alison) Joyner at Junior High South told us to go to the high school and talk to Coach (Michael) Bryant about pole vaulting and we just kept with it,” Lexi said. “I never thought I’d be breaking the state record. It’s awesome.”
Lexi attempted 14 feet and almost cleared it on her second attempt. She, along with her sister Tori, will attempt to break the state record again in the 2014 Meet of Champs on Saturday at Heber Springs.
“I want to jump 14 … that’s my goal,” Lexi said. “Hopefully, I will get that.”
As a team, the Cabot Lady Panthers finished fourth with 78 points. Bentonville won the state championship with 160 points. Springdale Har-Ber was second with 133 points. Fayetteville was third at 83.
As a team, the Panthers finished ninth with 33 points. Bentonville won the state title with 95 points. Rogers was second with 80 points.
Long jump: 3. Lexi Weeks, Cabot, 18-3.
Triple jump: 3. Tori Week, Cabot, 35-8.75.
Pole vault: 1. Lexi Weeks, Cabot, 10-6.5; 2. Tori Weeks, Cabot, 13-0.75; 6. Sydnie Shumate, Cabot, 10-0.
3200 relay: 7. Cabot, 10:34.27. Running were Samantha Nickell, Ashley Odom, Seaton Howard and Ashley Gore.
100 hurdles: 7. Tori Week, Cabot, 16.20.
400 relay: 4. Cabot, 50.20. Running were Rachael Hall, Lexi Weeks, Danielle McWilliams and Tori Weeks.
400: 3. Lexi Week, Cabot, 59.13; 6. Danielle McWilliams, Cabot, 1:00.63.
300 hurdles: 3. Tori Weeks, Cabot, 47.28; 4. Rachael Hall, Cabot, 47.38.
3200: 2. Micah Huckabee, Cabot, 11:41.34.
1600 relay: 2. Cabot, 3:56.76. Running were Rachael Hall, Tori Weeks, Danielle McWilliams and Lexi Weeks.
Shot put: 4. Keith Pledger, Cabot, 48-11.5; 6. Aaron Henry, Cabot, 48-8.
Discus: 5. Brandon Jones, Cabot, 133-2; 6. Aaron Henry, 132-4.
100: 3. Jordan Burke, Cabot, 10.85.
400 relay: 6. Cabot, 43.10. Running were Layton Alley, Jordan Burke, Jason Shrunk and Logan Melder.
200: 3. Jordan Burke, Cabot, 21.88.
1600 relay: 6. Cabot, 3:30.85. Running were A.J. McClean, Jake Ferguson, Jalen Hemphill and Jordan Burke.