Abbeville High’s Annmarie Broussard has won many track and field awards over the last three years.
Annmarie Broussard had no problem reaching the height of 12 feet last track season.
Vaulting To The Top: Abbeville High's Broussard has plans to reach the height of 13 feet
To some, the number 13 is an unlucky number. But to 17-year-old Annmarie Broussard that number means a lot.
Broussard is a pole vaulter entering her senior year at Abbeville High School.
She is one of the best female pole vaulters in the state and is striving to be one of the best in the nation.
But to be the best, there is a certain height she needs to jump. That height is 13 feet or better.
No Vermilion Parish high school female athlete has ever vaulted 13 feet. Karley King vaulted 12 feet at VC, and eventually jumped 13-5 her senior year at the University of Houston.
Broussard’s best is 12 feet. She vaulted that height three times this past high school year.
By reaching the height of 13 feet, larger colleges will begin taking notice because it puts her in the elite class of female pole vaulters.
In the Sun Belt Conference meet this year, the winning vault was 13-3.
In the larger SEC Conference, Arkansas has a 15-foot female pole vaulter, which is world class height. The top 10 female pole vaulters in SEC jump 13 feet or better.
“I am hoping to jump 13 by the end of my senior season,” said Broussard. “I want to reach the height of 12-6 before the end of the summer.”
Already she is getting attention from colleges. The University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Mississippi have shown interest in her.
Her dream school, she said, is to attend South Alabama, but she admits, the college that will give her the best scholarship, she signs with, she said.
This summer has been busy for her
She attends New Heights Clinic in New Iberia five days a week. It’s a place where she trains on how to be a great pole vaulter.
On Friday, she competed in the USA Track and Field Southern Association Junior Olympics Track and Field Meet in McComb, Miss. It is the first of two steps to advance to the National Meet.
Broussard was scheduled to vault Friday but the meet was rained out due to Tropical Depression Cindy.
All of the girls who were scheduled to compete will advance to the next round on July 9 in Alabama. The top five finishers will advance to Nationals.
She is expected to have little trouble reaching Nationals.
Nationals is not new to Broussard. She has been there twice.
Last year she finished sixth with a height of 11-7.
“I want to do a lot better.”