Knoxville, Ten—While it wasn’t her best day on the pole, a vault of 11 feet was good enough for Sage Lasater of Stephenville to bring the silver medal home from the National AAU Junior Olympics here Thursday.

Sage, 17, competed against 25 other vaulters at the event. Meagan Martin of Lake Mary, Fla. won gold by clearing 11-6 (see official results for the top 10 vaulters below).

Lasater was disappointed in her second-place finish. Had she repeated her 12-0 jump that won the Region IX championship held previously in San Antonio, Sage would have gone above and beyond the competition at the Junior Olympics.

Another chance to win national gold lies ahead. Having placed first at the TAAF state meet in Round Rock, she advances to its national finals in the summer of 2008. Joining her there will be her sister, Senna. The younger Lasater, 15, will compete in the division just below Sage.

With her senior year approaching at Stephenville High School, Sage is already looking forward to track and field season in the spring.

“It helps to get a head start on everybody,” she said of the experience she gained this summer. “Doing it year-round makes a big difference. I won’t get nervous and worked up (at high school meets) because I’m used to big competition now.”

In years past, Lasater competed in the 200m run and the long jump for the Honeybees, but she is now focused solely on the pole vault.

With a number of medals already gracing her neck, Lasater could be jumping for UIL state gold in Austin next May.