Rockford’s Birkmeier signs letter of intent with MSU

Parents Mike and Judy Birkmeier, along with Coach Kevin Patterson, observe Sarah Birkmeier signing with Michigan State University.

The best female high school pole vaulter ever in the state of Michigan has signed a letter of intent to jump for Michigan State University. Senior Sarah Birkmeier has set every record imaginable in her three years at Rockford High School. Among her accomplishments are: School Record 13’, Conference Record 12’1”, Grand Rapids Area Record 13’, MITCA Team State Record 11’11”, Indoor State Record 12’8”, MHSAA Division 1 State Record 13’, and All Time State of Michigan Record of 13’

Sarah was the first female high school vaulter in the State of Michigan to jump 13’ when she won the MHSAA Division 1 Title in 2009. She is a two time returning State Champion, after winning the title in 2008.

Sarah looks forward to her time at MSU. “I am extremely excited. I loved the team and can’t wait to get started.”

Rockford pole vault coach Kevin Patterson is sorry to see her go. “Sarah has been an absolute joy to coach over the past few years. Her dedication to the sport has grown and she will be sorely missed. At least I have one more season with her and we’ll make the best of it.”

Patterson attributes a few other qualities to Birkmeier. “Sarah may be the most competitive person I’ve had. She is driven to be the best. She does not like to lose. Her mental toughness is phenomenal and she’s not afraid to try new poles. Sarah is one of those rare athletes who can do something after being told only once. Her body control and core strength are second to none. She will be a great jumper for the MSU program.”

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