Scottsboro pole vaulter Lauren Hamm did not get the results she hoped for at a national competition.
But the future UAH vaulter/jumper said the experience will benefit her in the long run.
Hamm finished 27th in the Women’s Pole Vault 17-18-year-old division at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, California on Saturday.
Hamm cleared 9 feet, 8 inches before missing on three attempts at clearing 10-02.
“The outcome wasn’t what I had hoped for height wise, but I have been working on fixing some bad habits so that I will be a better vaulter and in doing so I am kind of re-learning the basics,” Hamm said.
“I wish I could have jumped higher, but it’s all part of the process.”
Mia Manson of Colorado won the national championship by clearing 13-01.
Hamm, a 2019 Scottsboro High School graduate, finished her high school career in May by winning the Class 5A girls pole vault state championship and placing 14th in the 5A girls high jump.
Hamm is set to compete in both events at UAH starting with the 2019-20 indoor track and field season.
Hamm said competing the USATF National Junior Olympics gave her a taste of competing at the collegiate level.
“I enjoyed the experience and think that it was a great way to get an idea of what competitions will be like in college,” Hamm said. “I’m very much looking forward to the new level of competition there will be and the new competitors I will get to meet.”