Pole-vaulter sets high goals for future


NASHVILLE, Ind. — Emily Brady spent her high school days working hard to beat her last best. She set record after record in pole vaulting, even beating out her older sister’s school record of 9’ 6” when she was a freshman.

While she was doing that, she was also playing on the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams and keeping her grades high enough to get a full-ride, four-year scholarship to college.

Emily started working with the junior high track team when she was in elementary school, and by the time she got to high school, she was competing as a varsity-level pole-vaulter and qualifying for state every year. Her jumps went from 10’ 3” to 11’ 6”. She wants to increase that by two and a half feet in the next four years.

Since graduating from Brown County High School in June, she’s setting high goals for success as a track recruit for Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Instead of splitting her talents between volleyball, basketball and track, Emily will focus her full attention on pole vaulting, and maybe some hurdles, if her coach wants.

She believes focusing on technique and continuing to build her body strength will eventually allow her to be the third woman to jump 14 feet at Indiana State. But, she knows she has a long way to go.

In addition to her sporting talents, Emily volunteers at the Brown County Humane Society and uses her love of singing to raise money for cancer research and help others in the community.

She attributes her success to setting high goals that push her to succeed and having the support of her parents and four older siblings.