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April 2016

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cavalier profile BRIDGET GUY Second-Year • Track & Field Breaking records in the pole vault has become a habit for Virginia second-year Bridget Guy. At this year's ACC Indoor Championships, she placed fourth and cleared 13 feet, 8¼ inches — the third consecutive season (indoor and outdoor track and field) she has broken the school record. "Having consecutive PRs is good," said Guy, a native of Greensburg, Pa. "I have goals to vault in the mid-14s. I know there are women that are vaulting higher. They're part of what keeps me going." When Guy was attending Hempfield High, she participated in the pole vault, the long jump and ran a leg on the 4x100- meter relay. In college, she decided to concentrate on the pole vault. "I think, for me, running on the relay and the others were secondary events," she said. "I excelled in the pole vault [she was the 2014 Pennsylvania pole vault state champion] in comparison with the other events. When I was recruited, there were some schools that wanted me for multiple events and some recruited me just as a pole vaulter. "I knew eventually the pole vault would be where I wanted to focus because I excelled. To be the best athlete and con- tribute to the team, being a pole vaulter would be the best way to do that." Guy also had other reasons for concentrating on the pole vault. "I grew up with a gymnastics background, and when I reached seventh grade the coaches thought I should try to pole vault," she said. "Being a former gymnast influenced me the most." One visit to Charlottesville influenced Guy to enroll at Virginia. "It was between Virginia and Penn State," she said. "I visited Virginia first and then Penn State. The academics here are un- beatable, and I fell in love with the track program." — Mike Scandura ◆ Photo by Matt Riley/courtesy UVA

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