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Dickinson Trinity senior Jennifer Bachamp knows the benefits of playing multiple sports in high school. Bachamp has reaped those benefits and then some, using her lifelong career in gymnastics to help become one of the state's top pole vaulters. ...

Dickinson Trinity senior Jennifer Bachamp knows the benefits of playing multiple sports in high school.

Bachamp has reaped those benefits and then some, using her lifelong career in gymnastics to help become one of the state's top pole vaulters.

Her vault of 9-feet-10 inches is the third-best Class B mark in the state behind Bottineau junior Abbey Aide (11-9) and Bottineau senior Maribeth Geiszler (10-0), who is the defending state champion.

Bachamp, a state balance beam champion, said gymnastics has aided her in her pole vaulting experience.

"It helps with upper body strength," Bachamp said.

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Bachamp's skills were on display Tuesday at the Trinity Last Chance meet at Whitney Stadium, where she took top honors with a vault of 9-9.

Dickinson Trinity coach Craig Kovash said Bachamp had the makings for a pole vaulter early on.

"She had power, she had strength," Kovash said. "She fit the bill, perfectly. She's progressed every year.

"She's used to getting upside down."

Bachamp said she got her start in pole vaulting when she was approached in junior high by Casey Kostelecky, who set the school record in the event at 10 feet in 2003.

Kostelecky was also a gymnast.

"She told me I should pole vault and I had to try it," Bachamp said. "It was really hard right away. I definitely had to work at it."

Trinity pole vault coach Andrew DesRosier said Bachamp showed the necessary tools to become a good pole vaulter.

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"Jen being a good gymnast and that she has speed ... upper body strength, good balance, body awareness," DesRosier said. "Those are great attributes."

DesRosier said it doesn't surprise him to see Bachamp thriving in her senior season.

"She's been a state qualifier all four years," DesRosier said. "We've always seen her as having the potential to go this high."

Kovash said he doesn't think Bachamp has maxed out her potential yet.

"I think we're going to get more out of her," Kovash said. "I think she'll have a strong finish (this year) and go higher."

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