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It took nearly five hours to determine a YAIAA pole vault champion on Friday afternoon, as three athletes continued to successfully clear a bar that kept getting higher and higher.

Fittingly, the eventual champion also set a meet record in the process. That was York County Tech senior Lauren Corbitt, a first-year pole vaulter, who cleared 12 feet, 0.25 inches to top the previous record by a quarter of an inch.

Corbitt outlasted Spring Grove junior Nathalie Elliot, who cleared 11-9, and Central York senior Alexis Baublitz, who cleared 11-6, for the title. Both Elliot and Baublitz are veterans of the sport and competed at the Penn Relays last month.

Full results from the YAIAA championships

“Lexi and Nathalie are really great competitors," Corbitt said. "They both used to be my teammates in gymnastics, so it’s fun to see them again and compete against them.”

Although she had never cleared 12 feet in a meet, Corbitt said she felt confident after clearing 12-2 at practice two days ago.

She accomplished the feat while also competing in the long and triple jump, and she earned a fifth-place medal in the triple jump with a leap of 33-1.

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