Joe Bendel profiles Pine-Richland graduate Ashley West, who is now a track standout at Slippery Rock.
"In the eighth grade, Ashley West was advised to give the high jump a try. So up and away she went, clearing the bar with relative ease.
Each time the bar was raised, West soared above. She instantly went from novice to natural.
"A teacher who I was close with suggested that I go for it," West said. "I joined track in the seventh grade just because my friends were doing it. But he saw something in me that made him think that I would do pretty well in that event."
Today, the Slippery Rock University women's track and field program is reaping the benefits."