ROME — Gwinnett’s two most successful girls pole vaulters in the Class AAAAAAA state meet are on different teams, but their relationship goes back to elementary school.

State champion Kelsey Worthington was excited with her repeat state championship, and also shared in the joy of fifth-place finisher Parker Freeman, a Brookwood junior. Freeman provided one of the highlights of the competition with her vault of 11-0, a full foot over her previous personal record.

“We actually did gymnastics together at the same gym,” Worthington said of Freeman. “We’ve just known each other for a long time because of that, since probably fourth or fifth grade. So just being able to see how far she’s come and jumping 11 feet today, a whole foot PR, that was really fun to watch. That was really, really cool.”

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