Two meet records all in a day's work for Michelle Quimby

Michelle Quimby was a busy girl at last Saturday's Colonie Relays track and field meet.

At one point, the Shenendehowa senior had to run between the pole vault pit, the high jump area and the triple jump lane. The amazing part was she excelled at all three events, setting meet records in the pole vault (12 feet) and high jump (5 feet, 7 inches), and landing the longest distance in the triple jump (35 feet, 8 inches).

It's nothing new to her. She's very good at managing her time and getting from event to event, said Shen girls track assistant coach Christie Burns.

Quimby was so good in the pole vault and the high jump that she wound up competing with the boys to finish off both events " something she didn't mind.

"I like it. It's more people to compete with," said Quimby.

Quimby's success is nothing new to her or to Section II. She's been the top female pole vaulter in the area the last several years, and she's quickly become a top-flight high jumper.

"She's always done high jump, but she just took it as a new focus this year," said Burns.

Clearing 5-7 in the high jump last Saturday was a milestone for Quimby, though. She not only set a personal record, but she also proved to herself that she can jump higher than her 5-6 frame.

"I think it's just really cool that I can jump over my head. I wasn't expecting to," said Quimby.

"She's very much a competitive athlete, so when she gets (a goal) in her head, she really goes after it," said Burns.

Quimby's efforts helped the Shen girls cruise to the team title at the Colonie Relays. The Plainswomen finished with 140 points, well ahead of second-place Colonie (87 points).

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