(Photo: Waynesburg's Marisa Kalsey competes in the pole vault at the PIAA track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University. Kalsey won the state title. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette.)
"SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Marissa Kalsey rose to greater heights at the PIAA track and field championships every year of her career. But it wasn't until her last meet that she finally was able to look down at the rest of the field.
Kalsey, a senior at Waynesburg High School, won the PIAA Class AA pole vault Friday at Shippensburg University, clearing 12 feet, 6 inches.
She was the only WPIAL athlete to win a title on the first day of the two-day event. Half the field events were staged Friday along with preliminary heats in all running events. The other field event finals and all running event finals will be today.
For Kalsey, it was a four-year climb to the title. She qualified for the PIAA meet four years and improved her height each time. She was 15th as a freshman at 9-6, second as a sophomore at 11-0, and third as a junior at 11-6."