Pole Vaulter: Airline Cost Me National Title After Losing Poles

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File photo of a pole vaulter. (credit: MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a pole vaulter. (credit: MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/GettyImages)

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — A college pole vaulter blames Delta Airlines for costing her the national title.

Two-time All-American Kati Davis from Central Washington University arrived to Colorado Springs in plenty of time for the competition – but with no poles. The airline reportedly sent them to Atlanta instead.

“The most frustrating part, I think, for me, was I just kept getting the run-around,” Davis told KOMO-TV. “I was talking, I was calling automated phone numbers that were hanging up on me or talking to people who didn’t know, or they would tell me one thing and something would be different.”

Davis told the station she called the airline for four days.

KOMO reports the poles arrived in Denver on Friday, the day of her competition, so her coaches drove to the airport to get them. But they got caught in traffic and couldn’t make it back in time for the start of the competition.

“The hard part was actually, you know, the pit in my stomach when we realized that the time – I wasn’t going to make it,” J.T. Statler, pole vault coach at Central Washington University, told KOMO.

Davis ended up competing in the event with someone else’s pole vault, but she failed to place.

“I needed my coach, and I needed my poles, so it was frustrating for sure,” Davis told the station.

KOMO reports that Delta refunded Davis the $200 she originally spent on the oversized baggage fee.

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