Wrightstown track and field standout Bonnie Draxler may be best known for setting the state record of 12 feet, seven inches in the girls’ pole vault at the 2012 state meet.
Draxler repeated as the Division 2 girls’ pole vault champion this year, reaching 12-6 in a rain-dampened state meet, but she also won the 100 and 400 meters.
She was seeded fifth in the 100, which she won with a time of 12.57 seconds. Her time of :56.19 in the 400 was a tenth of a second away from another state record.
Despite all of her success, Draxler thinks even better marks are in her future.
“I keep working on my form and getting better technique,” she said, “so I can get on a bigger pole.”
Family: Father, Rob; mother, Sue; sisters, Michelle, 18, and Victoria, 14.
What is the highest you have vaulted and how high do you think you can go?
“My best so has been 13-5, this year. I try not to put a limit on how high I can go.”
As a top-notch gymnast, how does that help you in track?
“It helps with pole vaulting and being upside down. Also with core strength.”
Since you aren’t far off from an Olympic qualifying mark in pole vaulting, could you see yourself in the Olympics?
“That’s my dream. I’ll see how these next couple of years go.”
Former Packers receiver Bill Schroeder worked with you some during the track season. What have you learned from him?
“Bill has helped get me quicker out of the blocks, which helped this year, and also with my running form.”
What would you still like to improve upon in track?
“My times and my starts and better technique and try to get on a bigger pole in pole vaulting.”
What is your favorite event to compete in?
“Definitely pole vaulting. I think it’s more fun than just running.”
Up in the air
Who is your favorite teacher at Wrightstown High School?
“Mr. (Patrick) Boyd. He teaches history.”
Have you narrowed down your choices for college?
“We’re still looking around. I haven’t made any decision yet.”
What is your favorite meal prepared by mom?
“I think I like hamburgers on the grill. Anything on the grill.”
If you could go to any concert, whom would you see and whom would you take?
“I know I’d take Jenny Renon. We would go see Justin Timberlake.”
What is your favorite TV show?
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
“Probably Jenn Suhr, the pole vaulter.”
Wrightstown track and field coach Steve Klister: “She is an outstanding athlete. She is very dedicated and her dedication and hard work has really paid off. She kind of takes the lead for our practices.”
Wrightstown vaulting coach Rob Draxler: “Right now, her strengths are in her ability to focus on vault even though she didn’t have a lot of time to practice this spring because of all the bad weather. Her PR (personal record) is 13-5. Each week we always want to set a PR, but also take first place. At state this year, the runway was a little bit slippery. Hopefully, next year, we’ll have better weather and get a nice PR at state.”
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