Brad Everett profiles Greensburg Salem track standout Courtney McQuaide.
(Photo: Greensburg Salem's Courtney McQuaide competes in the pole vault at the Butler Invitational Friday afternoon. She set a meet record with a vault of 11 feet, 10 inches. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Greensburg Salem's Courtney McQuaide was in eighth grade when she decided she wanted to go out for the track team.
The only problem was that her parents didn't want her to.
McQuaide had been a recreational gymnast since she was 2 years old -- and still is to this day -- and mom and dad felt that adding another sport might be too much.
But that didn't dissuade McQuaide, who, much to her parents' chagrin, took it upon herself to sign up for the Golden Lions track team anyway. Soon after, McQuaide was introduced to pole vaulting coach Jeremy Lenzi, who suggested McQuaide try the pole vault because of her strength and background as a gymnast."