Sometimes performance is more important than where a track and field athlete places in an event.

For Amalie Brewer, a personal record (PR) overshadowed the fact she narrowly missed qualifying for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Competing at the USATF Region 12 Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships July 11 in San Marcos, Brewer tied for sixth among 13 pole vaulters with a new PR vault of 10’0”.

“The most important thing is that I cleared 10’0” for the first time,” Brewer said. “I just remember a lot of pressure, because I really wanted to qualify, (set a) PR and make everybody proud.”

Due to the month she was born, Brewer was the youngest competitor at age 14 among a field of 15-16-year-olds.

“I was okay with being the youngest vaulter,” she said. “I’d rather have a challenge.”

The top five finishers qualified for nationals, as 10’6” proved to be the cutoff point.

“I was really close to qualifying,” Brewer said. “If this one girl hadn’t cleared the next bar, then I would’ve gone.”