Teen vaults to open title

POLE vaulter Madeline Lawson has won her first open-age Victorian championship in the event, adding to the under-20 title she took out last month.

Jumping in the state meet at Albert Park last Friday, the Bendigo teen cleared 4.00m to claim the gold and post her fourth world junior championship qualifying height in recent months.

Lawson will represent Victoria at the national junior titles in Sydney next Friday and will jump again on Saturday night at the Sydney Classic, which is part of the Athletics Australia calendar and a Commonwealth Games selection event.

Now competing for Box Hill, 18-year-old Lawson narrowly missed the Commonwealth B-qualifying mark of 4.10m at the Victorian open carnival but is in top form and hopes to achieve it soon.

She is one of Australia's top three under-20 female vaulters and ranked number five at senior level.

With the world junior titles in the US, Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Youth Olympics in China all in the second half of 2014, Lawson is in with a good chance of making an Australian team.

She also heads to Taiwan soon for an all-expenses-paid showcase competition.

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