BOWIE NEWS YEAR IN REVIEW: Patrick is golden for Saint Jo

Saint Jo’s Sarah Patrick had one of the most dynamic moments during the 2016 season when she earned the gold medal in the Conference 1A pole vault at state track and field in Austin.
Patrick cleared 10-feet, 3-inches, which was three inches better than Cherokee’s Lexi Wagner.
“It was a whirlwind, magical year,” said Saint Jo head track and field coach Chad Tallon. “It’s something she’ll never forget, and I won’t forget.”
Tallon said Patrick’s tenacity and dedication to perfecting her craft helped her achieve greatness.
The year before, Patrick competed in regional tournaments in three different sports – track and field, golf and tennis – before concentrating on the pole vault as a senior.
Patrick had come a long way from her sophomore year, when she barely could clear six feet to a state champion. Saint Jo also had a townwide celebration in Sarah’s honor.

Saint Jo’s Sarah Patrick vaulted her way to a Conference 1A gold medal in the pole vault with a leap of 10-feet, 3-inches. (File photo by Travis Harsch/Special to The Bowie News)