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Pole vault

Competing one last time for Lafayette High School at the 5A LHSAA State Championships on Saturday at the Bernie Moore Track and Field Stadium, Mondo Duplantis went big in the pole vault to the tune of a 19 foot, five-and-a-half-inch (5.93 meters) clearance to top his prior world junior record. The height also would set the NFHS national record.

“Right after I landed, I looked up and saw the bar was still up, and I was like, that was my last jump in a Lafayette uniform,” Duplantis told The Advertiser in an interview after his record-setting performance. “I knew right when I landed it, right when I kind of realized it, that’s my last jump. I’m going to end on a make. I’m going to end it the perfect way.”

An eight-time LHSAA state champion, Duplantis has cleared the 18-foot barrier nine times during outdoors as a prep athlete which is three times as many as any prep in history.