Blind girl is one of the best pole vaulters in Texas
Blind girl is one of the best pole vaulters in Texas Charlotte Brown, left, competes in the Girls 3A pole vault at the UIL State Track & Field meet
Blind girl is one of the best pole vaulters in Texas
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Despite being blind, 16-year-old Charlotte Brown is a pole vaulter. She earned a tie for fourth place in the event at the Texas high school state championships. On one vault, she soared more than 11 feet.

Charlotte finished eighth a year ago. This year, she received a standing ovation at the University of Texas track.

Charlotte was clearly proud of her improved finish. But there was a hint of disappointment, too. The junior believes she can earn a state championship medal.

"The main goal is to win," she said. "Today wasn't my best day jumping. ... I moved up four places. Hopefully, I can move up four places next year and win it."

After she made a vault of 11 feet, her trouble came at 11-6. She twice hit the bar on her way up. When she finally fell to the mat after he third miss, she stood with slumped shoulders. But she drew a standing ovation.

"I wanted to go higher, but to be cheered like that is pretty cool," she said. Last year, she vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches at the state meet. So she went 6 inches higher this time.

Charlotte lives in Emory. It's about 65 miles east of Dallas. She was born with normal vision but developed cataracts when she was 16 weeks old. Her vision stabilized until she was about 11 when it started to worsen.

Now she says she's completely blind.

Although her sight is now completely gone, she believes she will be a better vaulter. That's because she won't have to constantly adjust to new training methods.

Charlotte also has a seeing-eye dog, Vador, nicknamed Darth. The dog sat behind the jumpers on the track and waited for her to finish.

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  • HoldenV-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    Great job. You are amazing. I hope you do great on your next commotion.

  • DylanW-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    She is very talented , I wish I could do that.

  • KevinN-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:11 p.m.

    whoa that girl was blind ,but she was the best one.If i was blind i wouldn't be able to do that

  • SkylerH-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:11 p.m.

    I can't believe you won that medal because you are blind.

  • MartinG-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:11 p.m.

    She is so talented, she went to the state championship and won a medal. What a great accomplishment!

  • EthanM-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    strong girl.hopefully she never gives up.she new she could do it.she has a lot of confidence

  • WillowR-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:13 p.m.

    I am so proud of her so I love love love this video

  • BryanM1-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:14 p.m.

    When I read this story I was surprised that this woman was blind and was doing a sport.That woman should be proud of her self.

  • KaylaL-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:14 p.m.

    Charlotte must have had to go through a lot to have the courage to do this.I am impressed on how she was determined to win and even though she didn't win she was still glad and I bet today she is saying winning wasn't everything just competing is good enough. At least that's what I hope she is saying to this very day. She is was very brave to take a big risk like this. Honestly I would be very scared.

  • MalloryB-Gar
    5/13/2014 - 01:15 p.m.

    she is good i wish i can do that too.

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