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Athlete of the Week: Taylor Reilly shows off skills on the pole vault

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Taylor Reilly spends a lot of time jumping over bars in the spring.

The Drayton/Valley-Edinburg junior is an outstanding all-around athlete. She was an all-region pick in both volleyball and basketball this school year. But Reilly has made her biggest mark in athletics in track with her skills in the pole vault.

Reilly opened this track season by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches to win the event at the Pembina County Indoor meet. She also competes in the high jump, as well as runs on relays.

Reilly was runner-up in the pole vault in the Class B Northeast Region meet last spring and went on to place seventh at the Class B state meet. Reilly's season-opening 8-6 vault surpassed the height she cleared at last season's regional (8-0) and was only six inches shy of the 9-foot vault she made at state. Reilly's vault at state matched her personal record.

Winning in any meet last season wasn't easy for Reilly. The competition usually included Jocelyn Dinius of Langdon Area, who won the vault at the region and state meets and was named the Class B senior athlete of the year last season.

Reilly is the latest in line in what has been a traditionally strong pole vault program under veteran Drayton/Valley-Edinburg track coach Murph Thompson.

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