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Sun Prairie senior pole vaulter Ashley O'Connell 

Sun Prairie senior Ashley O’Connell announced on Twitter on Monday that she has orally committed to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for women’s track and field.

O’Connell, as a junior, cleared 11 feet and finished 11th in the pole vault at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet in June in La Crosse.

The eighth- through 12th-place finishers cleared 11 feet. De Pere junior Olivia Fabry was finished first (12 feet, 6 inches).

O’Connell finished first at the Sun Prairie regional (10-0) and at the Middleton sectional (11-0) last season.

She was the girls pole vault champion at last season's Big Eight Conference meet (11-6) as Sun Prairie, led by coach Doug Maughan, won the girls conference title. 

She tweeted: “I’m very excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! I want to thank my coaches, family, and friends who helped me through this process.”

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.