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story.lead_photo.caption Bentonville High pole vaulter Chloe Christian signed a national letter of intent with College of Charleston.

BENTONVILLE -- Chloe Christian was eager enough to extend her pole vaulting career past high school that she reached out to some colleges in hopes of drawing interest.

Her efforts paid off Tuesday afternoon as she signed a national letter of intent with the College of Charleston.

"I reached out to a bunch of schools and used some different recruiting websites," Christian said. "I had people from all over reach me, and I talked to a bunch of places that I normally wouldn't have done.

"There were a lot of options for me to choose from, but for what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, the best option was College of Charleston."

Christian closed out her high school career last week with a third-place finish in the Class 7A state meet in Bryant when she cleared 11 feet. Her personal-high was 12 feet, which was the third-highest in the state.

She also did the triple jump and the long jump for the Lady Tigers, but Christian expects to be focusing on the pole vault during the early part of her collegiate career.

"I'm just excited to get out there, start training and experience a whole new setting," Christian said. "I'll be training on my own, but I will have my workouts sent from my college. It will be up for me to keep up with them."

-- Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

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