JFIFC    $ &%# #"(-90(*6+"#2D26;=@@@&0FKE>J9?@=C  =)#)==================================================kK" }!1AQa"q2#BR$3br %&'()*456789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz w!1AQaq"2B #3Rbr $4%&'()*56789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz ?MB[7ް$ks=xK=`f \wr{gjנY^;uƒ+yҒF ] (ӇĬD[Rcw\j1"k'@$biK0Vb9,\F X7vV.C*,@S:胺rjFM=MCkʮ3]ڭb8۱ {¼wz|3Of3ۙ ~U~4^z*ۓhJvV5 H?q㶨VRLteM&mQݘuHYG:*XskOw*,俨Mܖ 9&KSŒr1UJ6 ҼIm5!sF 3 e1G5jXF2A׎H#Kh,4npO9=k'psl$Oktt:Hy.YekSe6TKSo-nUhÎ`?QIp0wq"RDragila (rhymes with tequila), is America s most accomplished female pole vaulter. She holds the American record in both the indoor (14 7 1/2 ) and outdoor (14 10 3/4 ) events, won the 1997 Indoor World Championships with a height that tied the world record, and is our best hope for a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Despite her success, she saw herself more as a Gabrielle Reece than a Jackie Joyner-Kersee. <br> I really love volleyball,  says Dragila.  I was a a hitter, and I really liked the aggressive play. She also said the idea of being in a team sport and being able to bond with other athletes attracted her to the sport.  You have to be a team-oriented person in volleyball and willing to trust other people. I also liked track, but I always wanted to go into college and play volleyball. <br>Dragila was able to play volleyball when she attended Yuba Community College in Yuba, California, but showed more promise in track. She excelled in the heptathalon, and like Olympic Gold Medalist, Dan O Brien, who competes in the men s version of this event, Dragila was especially strong in the hurdles. Her success didn t go unnoticed, and in 1993 she left her home town of Auburn, California, with a track scholarship to Idaho State University in Pocatello.