Clare Pole Vaulter Kasey Staley Looks To Continue Success

A father-daughter bond unlike many others: Kasey Staley of Clare High School’s Track and Field team gets to call her dad, “Coach.”

The combination of pole vaulting genes and hard work continues to bring her success.

Last year, Staley vaulted 12’4”, which not only won her a championship, but also broke the Division 3 record.

As soon as she realized what she did, Staley went straight to her dad and coach, TJ Staley. She said, “I pointed at him like ‘that’s it!’ It was a really really cool moment.”

Her dad will never forget that victory as a coach, but more importantly, as a dad. He said, “We had a great emotional moment. It was special.”

So far in the postseason with Clare, Staley won a regional championship for pole vaulting. She also qualified for states in three relays.

In the Jack Pine Conference, she vaulted 12’1”, which landed her the conference title and set the meet record.

Staley’s success has earned her an opportunity to keep vaulting at the next level. She’s taking her talents to Mount Pleasant to join Central Michigan University’s Track and Field team next year.

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