Kimmie Rushford, a freshman at DeRidder High School recently competed in the AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Tx. Where she won the Silver Medal in Pole-Vault in the Girls Youth Division, jumping 10 feet even.

Rushford, started pole-vaulting last summer, just before the end of school. She trains at New Heights Gym in New Iberia, where she is coached by Shane Leleux.

Last year after only several months of practice, she earned a Bronze Medal in the Sub-Youth division at the AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans, while earning All-American status with a 7th place finish in the Youth division at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Wichita, KS