Rising Star: Belle Peters

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 2:19 PM CDT
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Lindsborg, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - After losing her junior track season due to COVID-19, Smoky Valley’s Belle Peters, the reigning 3A pole vault champion, is focused not only on bringing home another title, but breaking the class record of 13′7″ in the event.

“The biggest goal is to get the team championship which is in reach,” Peters said. “For a personal goal i would like to get the all classes record.”

Peters holds the class 3A record as her mark of 12′8″ at the state meet in 2019 is the sixth best in Kansas history. Her PR of 12′10″ as a freshman is the fifth best of all time in Kansas. This season, she’s just one of three girls to clear 12′6.”

“I think it’s taking me a little to get back into it a little bit,” she said. “Overall, I am not disappointed with it. I have room to improve but I think we are getting there as the season goes on.”

The Pitt State commit finished second at state in the 100m hurdles in 2019 and so far this season she’s got a top 15 time in Kansas in that event. She’s also one of the top long jumpers in class 3A.

Peters said losing her junior track season to COVID-19 helped improve her mentality.

“I think the biggest thing it impacted was my mindset of leaving with no regrets,” Peters said. “Because I have a year that I lost I just want to go out and do the best that I can with my last year.”

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