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Athlete of the Week: Melissa Purcell

Pole Vaulter set indoor County record, will compete in Nationals on March 11

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Melissa Purcell is The Smoke Signal's Athlete of the Week for this week.  Purcell broke the indoor Bergen County record with a jump of 12' 6.5.

Melissa Purcell is The Smoke Signal's Athlete of the Week for this week. Purcell broke the indoor Bergen County record with a jump of 12' 6.5.

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Melissa Purcell is The Smoke Signal's Athlete of the Week for this week. Purcell broke the indoor Bergen County record with a jump of 12' 6.5.

Mason Baronian, Sports Writer

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Name: Melissa Purcell

Sport: Pole Vaulter

Grade: Senior

The Lowdown: This season, Purcell broke the indoor bergen county record with a jump of 12’6.5. She also broke the New Jersey group 3 girls record with a jump of 12’0. Purcell currently owns the second best jump this season in the entire state. She will look to wrap up her Pascack Valley career with a strong showing throughout the spring season.

Expectations:For Nations, I am trying to get on bigger poles. This spring I am hoping to get over 13 feet.”

What She Likes Most About Her Sport: It’s fun and it is different.”

Best Sport Memory: “Hanging out with the team during spring track.”

Proudest Moment on the Field: “Breaking the county record.” (12’6 ¼)

Funniest Moment: “Some of the falls were scary but looking back they are funny.”

Best Thing About PV: “The community, everyone is really close.”

Why Did You Choose Pole Vaulting: As a former gymnast, pole vaulting was a logical choice for Purcell. She said that on her first day, “I went to track and they just sent me to [Coach Wilson].”

Personal Goal: “[Vault] to 13 feet.”

Favorite Actor/Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio

Favorite Movie: “Hair Spray”

Favorite Music Artists: Bob Marley

Favorite Teacher: Mr. Cann (PV Science Teacher)

Favorite Subject: Anatomy

Favorite Book: The Kite Runner

Favorite Food: Seafood

Favorite TV Show: “The Office”

Favorite Pro Athlete: Aly Raisman (U.S. Olympic Gymnast)

Favorite Animal: Dogs

One Superpower: Flying

What She Does In Her Free Time: Hang out with friends

One Thing People May Not Know: She can cross one eye and keep the other one normal.

Role Models: Aly Raisman (U.S. Olympic Gymnast), her parents, and her coaches.

Future Plans: Purcell committed to Northeastern University and is going to study physical therapy.

Dream Vacation Spot: Caribbean

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