The final Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week for the 2018-19 academic year is freshman pole vaulter Caroline Fowlkes.
On Friday, Fowlkes cleared ten feet in the pole vault during the NCHSAA 3A State Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T State University. She finished ninth overall. Fowlkes' vault tied the school record.
This season, Fowlkes competed in the 400 meters and was a member of the 4x400 relay team.
Fowlkes’ has been a pole vaulter since the sixth grade. She started her career in Mobile, AL, where she was allowed to pole vault in middle school. Her mother and father were also pole vaulters at Tolland High School in Alabama. Her father went on to compete at the University of South Alabama, while her mother competed at the University of Florida.
“I was going to track meets when I was just a baby,” Fowlkes said.
This academic year, Fowlkes started competed at Cedar Ridge in December during indoor season. In her very first meet with the Red Wolves, she finished first in the pole vault, clearing eight feet during the Eastern Alamance Polar Bear #3 meet in Mebane.
She had four first place finishes during indoor season, including setting her indoor personal best of nine feet, six inches on December 18. Fowlkes also competed in the 500 and 1000 meters in indoor season.
During outdoor season, Fowlkes finished 2nd in the pole vault during the Big 8 Conference Championships at Southern Durham High School. She had two other runner-up finishes.