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Battery Creek's Kimberly Vigil will compete for USC Beaufort

The work continues for Kimbery Vigil.

The recent Battery Creek High School graduate agreed this week to pole vault at USC Beaufort, the next step after two years of work to get to this point.

Vigil, born and raised in Beaufort, spent a year at White Oak High School in North Carolina as a freshman. There the track coach recruited her to pole vault, based on her background as a flier on a competition cheerleading team.

"I was like, 'All right, sure, I'll give it a shot,' " Vigil said.

When she returned to Beaufort and Battery Creek, she didn't fully commit to her new sport, attending only a couple practices and meets. But for her final two high school seasons, she threw herself into it, working with Battery Creek coaches Tyrone Pierce and Chris Roberts and with pole vault guru Rusty Shealy in Columbia.

Vigil plans to continue working with Shealy as she prepares for USCB.

"I'm just trying to go to work on getting better and going up to Columbia and getting all the practice in I can," she said.

She has cleared a personal best of 9 feet, 6 inches. Vigil hoped to clear 10 feet at the Class 2-A state meet, but her vault of 9 feet still earned a silver medal.

The height would have been good enough for runner-up at this year's Sun Conference meet.

This past weekend in Myrtle Beach, Vigil finished runner-up at the S.C. Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. She will compete in the Region 4 Junior Olympic Championship in July at Winthrop.

Vigil began talking with USCB track and field coach Larry Kimball during her senior season and visited the campus and liked that the school has her major and nice freshman housing not far from home.

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