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Leaps and bounds: Francis visits East Ridge pole vault camp

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Fourth grader Elena Dexheimer made a run up toward the pit, stuck her pole in the ground and came barreling into the padding. 

As she got up, Shawn Francis called her over and gave her a few tips.


Dexheimer took the news and raced back in line to take her next crack at a vault.

And when she went again she went just a few inches higher into the air before again tumbling into the padding.

“There you go,” Francis said. “Wasn’t that better?”

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Jace Frederick
Jace Frederick has been the sports editor at the Woodbury Bulletin and the South Washington County Bulletin since May 2014. Frederick graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. You can reach Jace by email at, or by phone at 651-459-3435.