Hannah Mulhern

Name: Hannah Mulhern

School: Altoona

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Mulhern broke her own school record and set a meet record by clearing 12 feet, 3 inches in the pole vault at the District 6 Class AAA Track and Field Championships on Thursday.

Season update: Mulhern will compete in the PIAA Championships next weekend and is seeded second in her event.

Coach Steve Rhodes’ quote: “Hannah’s improvement and success this year is a result of her training and conditioning from gymnastics as well as the disciplined work she puts in with our pole vault coach, Rob Wahl. I feel her experience several weeks ago at the Penn Relays has given her the confidence to compete at the highest level and she’ll get her chance this week to do so again at the state championships in Shippensburg.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Sipes

Favorite subject: Broadcasting

Favorite movie: “Stick It”

Favorite food: Salmon

Favorite song: “Radio-active” by Imagine Dragons

Outside interests: Gymnastics, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Alabama

Pro athlete most admired: Russian Yelena Isinbayeva, Olympic pole vaulter gold medalist

Best athlete I ever played with: Nikki Kerns

Best athlete I ever competed against: Emily Savage of Weston (Conn.) High School

Most influential people on my athletic career: Shane Graziosi, Travis Hammaker

Proudest athletic achievement: “Making it to Penn Relays this year and placing fifth and winning districts and qualifying for nationals.”

How I got my start in pole vault: “I went out with my friend [Rosie Pennington] because we always did things together, and we thought we’d give it a try.”

Future goal: “To get a scholarship for pole vault to a Division I school.”