“I love the adrenaline rush I get every time I step on the runway,” says Ashley Preston. On a regular basis, Ashley - deliberately - launches herself into the sky more than 13 feet (nearly three times her height) with a flexible carbon pole that is just as long. She is a five feet tall powerhouse who is also ready to launch herself into her nursing career, potentially aiming for the neonatal intensive care unit. After earning her BS in psychology at Villanova, Ashley entered the 14-month Second Degree Accelerated BSN track which she completes this summer.
Across her five years on Villanova’s D-1 Track and Field team, among many other honors, Ashley has become a four-time Big East Conference Champion in her event, most recently in May 2023. In this interview, the Franklinville, NJ native and pole vault champion talks challenges, wins and discipline.