Fort Kent freshman breaks more than 40-year-old school high-jump record

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent Community High School freshman athlete Lacy Pelletier broke the school’s long standing high jump record while competing at the Aroostook County Championship track and field meet on Thursday, May 17, in Caribou.

Pelletier cleared 5 feet at the meet to beat Fort Kent’s high jump record of 4 feet, 11 inches, which Rolande (Cyr) Vaillancourt held for 43 years.

Vaillancourt said she is pleased that Pelletier beat her record of more than four decades, and brought Pelletier a flower when the two met on Thursday for a photo along with CHS track and field coach Davis Cyr, who also happens to be Vaillancourt’s nephew.

“I think it’s nice that she beat the record,” Vaillancourt said. “I was just wondering why nobody had for so long.”

Pelletier said she had attempted 5 feet before and was happy to have achieved the goal at the County meet, where she placed second in the event.

“I was super excited because I knew it was a record and it was also my personal record,” she said.

Cyr said he was happy for Pelletier when she cleared the jump, and is hopeful she will be able to do the same at the Class C High-School track meet in Waterboro on Saturday, June 2.

“I hope to see her get 5 feet at states, or 5 feet, two inches, that would be nice,” he said.

Pelletier is the daughter of and Ken and Jamie Pelletier of Soldier Pond.

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