Gunnarsson Wins Title at Pole Vault Summit
Baton Rouge, La. – LSU track and field’s Lisa Gunnarsson claimed gold on Friday night in Reno, Nev., at the 2020 Pole Vault Summit. The festival welcomes some of the world’s best vaulters on a yearly basis. Gunnarsson cleared a season best of 14′ 9″ (4.50 meters) for the win over stout competition; the clearance of 14′ 9″ is the fifth highest in the world for the 2020 season.
Competing against professionals and former NCAA champions, Gunnarsson was the one who performed at the highest level on the evening. Gunnarsson nearly went out of the competition at 14′ 1.25″ (4.30 meters) as she missed her first two attempts at the height before clearing a must-make third attempt at the height. She then proceeded to clear 14′ 5.25″ (4.40 meters) and her final height of 14′ 9″ (4.50 meters) in consecutive attempts. Gunnarsson tried three attempts at 15′ 1″ (4.60 meters) but was unable to clear. Gunnarsson is the LSU school record holder with a 14′ 9.50″ (4.51 meters) clearance in 2019.
Gunnarsson outdueled four-time NCAA champion now turned professional, Lexi Jacobus (Arkansas), for the win.