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Blind high school vaulter in Texas nearly medals

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Posted: May 10, 2014 7:46 AM

Updated: May 10, 2014 7:46 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An East Texas girl used her seeing-eye dog to navigate a track in Austin.

An electronic beeper on Friday told Charlotte Brown when to jump. About 90 minutes later, the blind pole vaulter had cleared three heights, soaring 11 feet to earn a tie for fourth place at the Texas high school state championships.

Brown, who finished eighth a year ago, received a standing ovation at the University of Texas track but fell just short of a medal.

Brown lives in rural Emory, a town of 1,200 located 65 miles east of Dallas. She was born with normal vision but developed cataracts as a baby. That led to several operations.

In 2013, Brown still had pinhole vision but couldn't see color or distinguish shape from shadow.

Now she says she's completely blind.

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