Even though she stands in at just 5-feet, Montgomery County grad. and William Wood University track and field team member Abagayle Bartlett has been standing tall ever since she arrived on campus as a freshman three years ago.
Now the former Lady Wildcat has just one year of eligibility left and she's looking to make the most of it before something she's done for close to a decade officially has to become part of her past in order to make room for the next stage of life.
One highlight Bartlett earned last May was that she was one of 97 spring athletes to earn All-American Midwest Conference recognition for WWU along with two dozen other other Lady Owls teammates. Two weeks later on May 28 she was also named a Daktronics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete, meaning she was a junior with a grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 who had attended two years as a non-transfer student or one-year as a transfer student.
As a pole vaulter, highlights from the 2018 indoor season included the AMC championships on Feb. 16, where she won the event with a mark of 9-feet-6.25, at the Principia Relays Jan. 26-28 she finished fifth with a height of 9-feet-.25 and at the Snow Bird Open on Jan. 20 the area product placed third.
Bartlett was also in action during the 2017 outdoor season and was the runner-up at the AMC championship in the pole vault after charting a performance of 9-feet-5.75, and while he did beat that showing on April 15 at the WJC Darrel Gourley Open by coming in at 9-feet-6.5, that only gave her a 13th place finish. Just like on April 8 when she was able to boast reaching 9-feet-8 at the SBU Invite, because, despite what that meant to her personally, what it meant to the team was 12th place.
The Feb. 2017 indoor season reaped better rewards as far as results go. This includes the AMC Championships on Feb. 17 as the local earned the second spot by sporting a 9-feet-5.25 results to earn second place. Just prior to that Bartlett was extremely busy as she finished fourth at both the Jim Green invitational on Feb. 4 and the Don DeNoon Invite on Feb. 3 with identical vaults of 9-feet-6.25, respectively, according to wwuowls.com.