Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Sandi Morris wins second U.S. indoor title
Sandi Morris of the U.S. reacts after clearing the bar in the women's pole vault at the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme athletics event, at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Sandi Morris took another step toward staking a claim as the best American female pole vaulter Sunday.
Morris, 24, won her second consecutive title at the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Morris cleared 15 feet, 5 inches on her third attempt to win the event.
Katie Nageotte and Mary Saxer failed in three attempts at the same height. Indoor world record holder Jenn Suhr withdrew from the event Friday over safety concerns.
Morris was perfect before her first attempt at 15-5. She cleared 14-11, 15-1 and 15-3 on her first attempt at each height.
Sunday's win capped the best professional year for Morris, the 2015 indoor champion as a senior at Arkansas. Between U.S. titles, Morris was a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and broke the American outdoor record at the Diamond League meet in Brussels last September.
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