Newton sixth in pole vault; Fulk wins two more state titles

Khiara Newton matched her personal-best in the pole vault at the 3A state track meet Saturday morning at the IMG Academy in Bradenton and finished sixth in the event for the second consecutive season.

Newton cleared 10-feet-6-inches as she wrapped up her sophomore year with another impressive performance.

Freshman Abigail Olson out Merritt Island won the pole vault with a height of 11-5 3/4. Newton’s height was a foot more than what she cleared a year ago at the state meet. Newton took second at the district meet this year and was third at the regional.

Freshman Ethan Fulk wrapped up his memorable weekend with two more 3A state championships.

Fulk, the first adaptive track athlete out of Northwest Florida, beat out Brian Smith from East Lee County to win the shot put championship. Fulk came through with a throw of 12-7 3/4. It’s the first time this season Fulk has competed against an athlete from another school.

Fulk also competed in the 200 Saturday and clocked in with a time of 1:13.64. On Friday, Fulk won the 800 state title, finishing the race in a time of 5:09.95. Fulk also won district and regional titles this season in all three events.

Pole Vault: 1. Abigail Olson, Merritt Island 11-5 3/4; 2. Natalie Jen, Charlotte 11-5 3/4; 3. Kayla Corkern, Ocala Forest 10-11 3/4; 4. Emma Slinkman, South Fork 10-11 3/4; 5. Alexandra Chlumsky, Fort Myers 10-6; 6. Khiara Newton, Navarre 10-6; 7. Madalyn Kish, Niceville 10-6; 8. Kiara Ivy, Gainesville 10-0.

Click here for a look at all of the state track results.

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