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Meet Me in A Minute: Alba Note


When most people think of the track and field season, pole vaulting rarely is one of the first things that comes to mind, but sophomore Alba Note couldn’t disagree more.

Initially, Note was unsure about joining the pole vault team due to her fear of getting injured, as well as not knowing whether or not it was an interest of hers.

“At first I didn’t want to pole vault because I was really scared that I was going to get hurt,” Note said. “During track season, the coach came up to me and asked my friend and I if we wanted to pole vault. Once I tried it, I instantly loved it and knew that this would be my main event.”

As the season went on, Note’s love for pole vaulting grew, as well as her skill, resulting in her setting the record for freshman girls pole vault last year.

“I would have never thought to set the freshman girls pole vault record in our school. It definitely took me by surprise that I was a good pole vaulter, but once I started performing better, it motivated me to keep jumping higher, which led to me setting the record of 8′ 6″,” Note said.

Note’s ambition and drive has not gone unnoticed by her teammates and friends.

“I think the goals Alba has set for herself are attainable and manageable because she’s improved and grown so much that this shouldn’t be a challenge for her,” sophomore Tiffany Chin said. “She’s so dedicated and wants to be the best she can be.”

Friend and supporter sophomore Jana Marquez also praises Note on her dedication and drive to do her best.

“She’s so driven, hardworking, and determined to always do better,” Marquez said. “She never gives up and always stays focused on improving.”

With the support of her friends, family, and teammates, Note has high hopes for the season.

“I’m really looking forward to this season, and I hope to set the sophomore girls record as well,” Note said. “My ultimate goal is to state qualify and just keep jumping higher.”

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