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Blind Arizona pole vaulter competing at state meet

PHOENIX — An Arizona high school student who is legally blind has
qualified for this year’s pole vault competition at the state track and field

Television station KPHO reports that Aria Ottmueller
has 20-400 vision. The Valley Christian High School student also has no depth
perception or peripheral vision.

Ottmueller says when she first asked her coach if she could try pole vaulting,
the answer was no. She kept asking so he agreed to let her try.

Ottmueller got help from pole vault coach Perry Fraley.

Fraley’s goal was to see Ottmueller qualify for state next year. She reached
that goal early, clearing the bar set at 6 feet, 7 inches.

Ottmueller will compete at state this weekend.


Information from: KPHO-TV,


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