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Charlotte Brown, blind pole vaulter, finishes fourth at state meet

Charlotte Brown

Emory Rains High School’s Charlotte Brown, who is legally blind, competes in the Girls 3A Pole Vault in the UIL State Track & Field athletics meet, Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Rains (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


A legally blind 16-year-old pole vaulter tied for fourth in the Texas high school Class 3A state championship meet Friday.

Charlotte Brown, a junior from Emory Rains High School, cleared 11 feet but missed all three of her attempts at 11 feet, 6 inches, according to reports.

The New York Times and The Associated Press profiled Brown before she finished eighth at last year’s state meet. From the AP:

Brown was born with normal vision but developed problems while an infant. She has no depth perception, sees no color and cannot distinguish shapes. Her range of vision is similar to looking through a tiny straw. She reads Braille and will get a seeing eye dog next month.

Brown cleared 10-6 at last year’s state meet. Another blind pole vaulter, Aria Ottmueller, reportedly finished sixth at an Arizona state high school meet last year.

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