YORK -- Allison Rogers wasn't aware she had set a new record when she pole vaulted 6-feet, 6-inches for the York Comprehensive High School girls track team.
"I didn't know until coach Ethan told me," the York Junior High School ninth grader said of the record-breaking performance.
Coach Ethan, as he is referred to by Rogers, is Ethan Brown, a member of the YCHS boys track team who lends a helping hand at practice.
Rogers also gets tutored by assistant girls track coach Eddie Sanders.
"Allison is a tough kid who works hard to improve," head coach Arsonia Stroud said. "She's also our No. 1 hurdler.
"If I asked her to compete in 10 events, she would do it."
While Rogers is excited about breaking the record, she is striving to do better.
"Coach Ethan tells me to go for 8-feet," she said. "I've worked hard to find something I'm good at and want to stick with it."
Though the Lady Cougars are young, Stroud sees potential for the future.
"We have 25 participants, most of them seventh and eighth-graders," she said. "We have four from grades 9 to 11 and no seniors."
Stroud believes the young distance runners could reach the championship level in years to come, comparing them in the early stages of their careers to the bygone years of state title holders Kim Heffner, Jennifer Mauney and Teresa Dickson.
"If these kids continue to work in the offseason, road races, cross country and the like, they can be special someday."
The youth-oriented Lady Cougars raised a few eyebrows when they lost by a scant point (58-57) to Gaffney, despite losing points for having no participants in the shot put and discus throw.
Cougars rely on youth movement
YCHS boys track coach Joey Moore is squeezing as much as he can out of a youthful roster that includes heavy participation from eighth and ninth-grade classes.
"We have a lot of young kids in the program at the present time," he said. "We have kids competing successfully in individual competition."
The Cougars have been without the services of Quastin Walker, the No. 1 sprinter in the region last year.
Walker, who won every 100 and 200 meter run last season, suffered a knee injury and continues rehab.
"We miss Quastin's presence," assured Moore. "He contributed so much to the program."
Moore had words of praise for junior sprinter Kenderick Thompson, who continues to fill the void in Walker's absence.
"Kenderick is doing a good job for us in the 100 and 200 meters," Moore said.
Thompson said he's worked hard to improve his sprint times.
"I've been running well," he said. "I concentrate on being prepared mentally and physically.
"I work hard at practice and want to be ready for the region meet."
Moore said Tucker Griffin has performed well in the long jump and triple jump and Bryce Dudley is also doing well in the triple jump.
He also praised Matt Sanders for his success in the discus throw and Jamie Smith throwing the shot put.
The next event for the YCHS track team will be the April 23 York County Meet at South Pointe.