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Multiple Teams · Rachel Baxter Receives Crestview League Athlete of the Year Honors


ON MAY 30, 2017 COMANCHE RACHEL BAXTER RECEIVED THE CRESTVIEW LEAGUE, ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD. THE EVENING WAS PUT ON BY THE ORANGE COUNTY ATHLETIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA.  THE COMANCHE ATTENDED THE EVENING WITH HER WITH HER PARENTS TONY AND SANDY BAXTER, POLE VAULT COACH, BJ VANDROVEC AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, MRS. ASHLEY HIGUERA.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL POLE VAULT ATHLETE IN THE NATION IS, LOOK NO FURTHER.  THIS YEAR, NO OTHER FEMALE POLE VAULTER IN THE NATION HAS CLEARED 14 FEET AS MANY TIMES AS SHE HAS. THIS YEAR BAXTER SET A CALIFORNIA RECORD OF 14 FEET 4 INCHES, PLACING HER THE 3RD IN THE NATION BEHIND LEXI WEEKS OF ARKANSAS AND DESIREE FREIER OF TEXAS. 

BAXTER HAS COMPETED AT THE PRESTIGIOUS TEXAS RELAYS AND RANKS IN THE TOP FIVE IN THIS EVENT. SHE HAS SET NUMEROUS RECORDS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MT. SAC, TRITAN, AND BEACH CITIES. SHE WAS FIRST AT ARCADIA, FIRST IN THE CRESTVIEW LEAGUE, AND LITERALLY TOPS IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL MEET SINCE THE STATE MEET IN 2015 WHEN SHE PLACED 2ND.

SHE HOLDS THE 16U AND 18U NATIONAL RECORDS. IN 2016 AND 2017, SHE WAS NAMED CANYON’S AND OC VARSITY’S TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR. BAXTER HAS ALSO BEEN CANYON’S AND OC VARSITY’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR.

BAXTER BOAST A 3.4 GPA AND HAS VOLUNTEERED AT THE OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER FOR THE LAST SIX SUMMERS. SHE ACCEPTED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND VIRGINIA TECH AND INTENDS TO CLAIM AN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AND HOPES TO ONE DAY MAKE THE U.S. OLYMPIC POLE VAULT TEAM.​R Baxter Pole Vault

BAXTER WILL BE COMPETING THIS WEEKEND AT THE STATE TRACK & FIELD MEET AT VETERAN’S MEMORIAL STADIUM AT BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL IN CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA ALONG WITH HER TEAMMATE SARA LEONARD, WHO WILL BE RACING IN THE 3200 METER. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO RACHEL BAXTER ON ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE ARE HONORED TO CALL YOU A CANYON COMANCHE.