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More on Guntermuths

Here's more on the story of twin senior pole vaulting sisters at Leo.

Turns out, Nina and Sophie Guntermuth were a little reluctant to start pole vaulting when they were eighth-graders in Oregon.

"When were in eigth grade we saw a kid get carried away in an ambulance because he got hurt doing pole vault, and we told each other we would never do pole vaulting," Sophie said. "Later that season we found out an older cousin of ours was doing pole vault so we decided to try it. We didn't think we were that great at it so we told the coach we didn't want to do it but when the meet came around she entered us in it anyway, and we ended up placing in the top three. Then we went on to place first and second in the middle school district track meet, and we've stuck with since then."

The Guntermuth twins came to Indiana and Leo during the summer and have found success in Indiana.

Nina has the top height among high school female pole vaulters in the state this year at 12 feet, 9 inches, while Sophie is seventh at 12-feet.

The two sisters plan to attend the Air Force Academy together and continue pole vaulting.

"Like most brothers and sisters we get into our disagreements on a daily basis, but for the most part we are very close," said Sophie, who is two minutes older. "We have always done and still do everything together. We're going to the same college, we have the same schedule at school, we both pole vault, obviously, and the list goes on."

See Tuesday's edition of The Journal Gazette or go to for more of the Guntermuth pole vaulting twin sisters.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.