Pole vault champ wins legislative honors


Livingston High School freshmen athlete Montana Piper was presented with special proclamations from both the Texas and U.S. house of representatives Tuesday, honoring her for winning the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics pole vault championship last month in California.

During the meeting of the Polk County Commissioners Court, State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) each presented the young athlete with the proclamations and each voiced their praise for her skill with the pole vault.

During the July 25-31 meet, the 14-year-old vaulted to a height of 11-feet, 1.75-inches to claim the national championship among girls in the 13-14 age division.

White noted her height would have taken top honors in the 15-16 age group.

“I was watching the Olympics on television last night and learned that our team had a record number of women athletes competing. This is something for which we can take pride and I believe that in a few years we will be watching Montana in these games,” White added.

Babin noted that he also is looking forward to watching the young athlete compete in future Olympic games.

“That she is such a good athlete should not be a surprise to anyone,” Babin said of Piper. “I understand her grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts have all been accomplished athletes.”

Piper, the daughter of Bubba and Coby Piper of Livingston, currently has her eye set on breaking the world record in pole vault for girls in the 13-14 age group. She has until January to break the current mark of 12-feett, 3-inches.

Commissioners---piperSPECIAL RECOGNITION – Livingston freshman Montana Piper was recognized Tuesday during the Polk County Commissioners Court meeting when U.S. Rep. Brian Babin and State Rep. James White presented her with proclamations honoring her on her national pole vaulting championship. Pictured above are (L-R) Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet, Pct. 1 Commissioner Bob Willis, Babin, Piper, White, County Judge Sydney Murphy, Pct. 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent and Pct. 3 Commissioner Milt Purvis.

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