July 9, 2012
There's an intern in the Clermont County Engineer's office with unique abilities.
While many in the Batavia office try to figure out infrastructure and formulate plans to go onward and upward, Autumn Schellenberger is the only one with a realistic view of onward and upward as she does it many days of her life at college.
The former Bethel-Tate track standout is now a pole vaulter at Bucknell University of the Patriot League. Her ability to stick a flexible stick into the ground and catapult up and over a bar has taken her 11'10" indoors and 12' feet outdoors.
Her personal best of 12' came in the league meet in May at Holy Cross. It's an impressive height considering Schellenberger just finished her fourth active year doing the event.
"I started between my sophomore and junior year," Schellenberger said. "I think it was the fact that we didn't have a pole vaulter at my high school and my dad (track coach Dave Schellenberger) said, `How `bout you give it a try?' I tried it and I got lucky."
In her first year of competition, she cleared 11'3" and matched that mark in the 2010 state track meet in Columbus. While at Bethel-Tate, she also did the 100 and 300 hurdles, 4x100 relay and long jump.
In the fall, she was a soccer player for the Lady Tigers.
"I played midfield my freshman and sophomore years, and my junior and senior year I played striker," Schellenberger said.
In spring, she made three trips to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State. As a sophomore, she qualified in hurdles; as a junior it was hurdles and pole vault; and as a senior she took sixth in the pole vault.
Those May memories are Schellenberger's fondest at Bethel-Tate.
"I'd have to say my state meets," Schellenberger said. "My dad was helping and Greg Cunningham is another coach who helped a lot."
The 20-year-old woman is now a chemistry major at the school in Lewisburg, Penn., which is about an hour from Penn State. Like many her age, her college plans aren't exactly set in stone, though she has made the Patriot League Honor Roll.
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