Leah Pasqualetti On Records, Progression And Her Next Steps

Cory sat down with Orchard Park (NY) graduate Leah Pasqualetti, who over the weekend broke a national high school record in the pole vault with a clearance of 14 feet, 8.25 inches at the Stars and Stripes Big Red Barn meet in California. 

The effort represented the first official mark of Pasqualetti's 2020 season, though it certainly wasn't the first moment of realization -- and it won't be the last -- for the New York standout. Pasqualetti chats about her training, the competition and her progression in the vault over the last few years. She also reveals what's next for the remaining season, and reveals why Kent State was the best option for her moving forward at the NCAA level. 

Run of Show: 

  • Leah's reflections from her national record over the weekend [0:30]
  • Leah talks what height she came into the competion on [1:15]
  • On the trip to California [4:00]
  • Leah talks about feeling ready for the competition [6:15]
  • On her immense progression from last year [8:00]
  • On the competition getting real at 14-1 [10:15]
  • The hard decision to move the bar up to 14-8.25 [11:30]
  • Leah on eclipsing 15-feet eventually [14:00]
  • On striking when the iron is hot [16:00]
  • What's next for Leah in 2020 [17:30]
  • Leah's goal height [19:00]
  • If Leah were to pick another event outside the PV to compete in [19:45]
  • Leah is heading to Kent State next fall [21:00]

* In January, MileSplit visited Pasqualetti at her training facility in New York ahead of crucial indoor meets. The New Yorker would eventually score a PR and New York indoor state record of 14-3 that indoor season. You can watch the record-setting make here. MileSplit also got an inside-look at Pasqualetti's training facility in this Track Shack breakout.

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