Brynn Rychlik clears the pole vault bar during one of Marysville High School’s 2021 meets. Rychlick competed during Thursday’s national high school meet in Eugene, Oregon. She tied for 19th. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
“It was a very good experience… I was surrounded by the best high school girls vaulters in the country.”
Those were the words of Marysville High School graduate Brynn Rychlik.
The former Lady Monarch standout tied for 19th out of 28 pole vaulters during Thursday’s National Scholastic Athletic Foundation track and field meet.
Rychlik tied with Tatum Richards of Emmett, Idaho with a vault of 12-1.5.
The event was held in Eugene, Oregon on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Hana Moll from the state of Washington won the championship with an effort of 14-4.
Rychlik said the temperatures weren’t bad for the vault.
The Pacific Northwest has been experiencing an extensive period of triple-digit heat.
“It wasn’t too hot when I vaulted today,” Rychlik told the Journal-Tribune Thursday evening.
“The temperature was actually in the 60s and 70s,” she said. “However, the tailwinds down the runway were a bit stiff.
“Although I feel I could have done better, it was really good for me,” said the Lady Monarchs’ indoor and outdoor (13-0, 13-3) record holder.
Rychlik will compete in a couple of meets later this summer with her club team, Buckeye Pole Vault of Sunbury.
She will then leave in the middle of August for the University of Akron and begin fall workouts.
Rychlik signed with the Mid American Conference school this past spring.
She chose Akron because of its strong reputation in the pole vault.
The former Lady Monarch said she will use the lessons she has learned while competing at a high level to advance her career on the collegiate level.
“This reminds me there are a lot of good vaulters,” she said. “The national meet experience will help push me to be the best I can be.”