Legally blind vaulter competes for Texas title

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A legally blind 15-year-old sophomore is scheduled to compete Saturday for a Texas state championship as a pole vaulter.

Charlotte Brown of rural Emory Rains high school is one of the top qualifiers in girls' Class 3A with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches.

Brown was born with normal vision but developed vision problems while still an infant. She has no depth perception, sees no color and cannot distinguish shapes. Her range of vision is similar to looking through a tiny straw. She reads Braille and will get a seeing eye dog next month.

Brown is able to vault by concentrating on a strict routine on her steps and timing on her approach. She is allowed to use a special lane marker to help keep her running straight ahead.

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