Athlete of the Week: Steven Poortinga

Steven Poortinga

Steven Poortinga saved his best for last. The Bret Harte High School senior pole vaulter made it all the way to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Masters Track and Field Championships and recorded a personal best. Poortinga cleared 13 feet, 9 inches to beat his previous best of 13 feet, 6 inches.

“It made me feel good, but I still feel like I’ve got more in the tank,” Poortinga said. “I want to continue to participate in pole vault over the summer and help Drew (O’Flinn) to improve.”

During his senior year, Poortinga also set personal records in the 100-meter dash and the long jump. He finishes his high school career with a time of 11.32 in the 100 meters and 21 feet, 1.5 inches in the long jump.

“My senior year on the track team was definitely a blast,” Poortinga said. “I thought it went well, although I was not all the way focused because it was my senior year and I got a little bit clustered with senior year stuff. But overall, pole vaulting and sprinting with people is just a great thing that I love to do.”

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