Adsero shines, leads family of pole vaulters
Whether she places first, third, fifth or finishes with no height, Dickinson senior Elizabeth Adsero always maintains the same upbeat attitude.
The Midgets’ senior pole vaulter enters the North Dakota state track and field meet in an eight-way tie for sixth place at a height of 9-feet, 3-inches.
Adsero reached a state-qualifying height during the Carlson Booster track and field meet, which was the Midgets’ first outdoor meet of the season on April 10.
“(Dickinson pole vaulting coach Jim Fahy) tells me to get the monkey off my back and I qualified for the state in my first outdoor meet,” said Adsero, who will attend the University of Mary for pole vaulting.This isn’t the first time Adsero will be making a trip to the state meet. She achieved a state-qualifying height in 2013. Though she didn’t place at the state meet, Adsero said
The experience proved to be a positive.
“My confidence is better, because I know how it is going be,” Adsero said. “I know when I’m supposed to run, what I need to do and what my expectations are at state.”
Pole vaulting head coach Jim Fahy said pole vaulting has benefitted from having Adsero over the past two years. He said the senior keeps everyone in line during practice and at meets.
“She’s a very coachable kid,” Fahy said. “She does anything you ask when you ask it. I’ve watched her develop into a great team leader. That’s where she shines. Everyone looks up to her and her positive attitude.”
Preston Theurer, who along with Eric Schaper are qualified for the state meet for the Dickinson High boys track and field team, said the pole vaulting group is a family.
“We are really close,” said Theurer, who reached the state meet at a height of 11-6. “We’ll have a lot of people (at the state meet) to motivate us and cheer us on. It’s good to know what your teammates are there with you.”