Caballero Vega was part of the Cuban 2012 Olympic team, but defected at the 2013 Drake Relays. She competed for Team USA for the first time earlier this month at The Match.
“Coming in I wasn’t, ‘I have to beat Mondo.’ I was more focused on, I wanted to jump high, I wanted to jump 5.90 or higher and I completed my goal,” Nilsen says. “I didn’t think about it as coming in and wanting to beat Mondo. Competing against him is just fun.”
As a senior, she got NCAA titles #1, upsetting NCAA record holder Olivia Gruver and twin sister Lexi Jacobus who had won 4 titles.
Nilsen and his high school girlfriend had a son during his sophomore year who is now 16-months old.
Suhr also talks about her early career when Rick had remortgage his house and she had to work at a gas station making pizzas and cleaning toilets to make ends meet.
KC Lightfoot is #2 all-time at 18-5 and has 5 straight meets over 18 feet (5.48 m). He's one of 4 US HSers not named Mondo over 18 feet this year.
The Swede, the best youth pole vaulter in history who has lived in 5 countries and fluently speaks 3 language, finds track and field way easier than gymnastics which she quit at age 12.
Lavillenie cleared 5.90m to Kendricks' and Lisek's 5.85m. It was a deep competition as seven athletes (including HSer Armand Duplantis who was 7th) attempted 5.90m.
Morris broke the "silver Sandi" streak as well as Katerina Stefanidi's 19 meet winning streak.
Morris lows came at the start of her college career and her favorite high when she won an NCAA indoor title in her final year in 2015.
Marschall has improved quickly from 2016 with a 7th place finish at Worlds. He takes a mature approach to sport, following a "24-hour rule" where you have 1 day to celebrate or cry over a performance, then you have to move on.
Top non-distance action includes Dafne Schippers vs Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo over 200m and Sam Kendricks trying to stop Renaud Lavillenie from winning his 8th DL trophy in the PV.
Kendricks cleared 5.95m to beat out Poland's Piotr Lisek (5.89m) and Renaud Lavillenie (5.89m). Lavillenie lost on countback, but gets props for going for the win rather than the silver as he raised his last jump to 6.01m to go for gold.
*Reuters: Kendricks Wins Pole Vault, Lavillenie Frustrated Again
*MileSplit: HSer Armand Duplantis Finishes 9th While Representing Sweden
*Defending Champ Shawn Barber Crashes Out Of Pole Vault Final As Canada's Medal Hopes Dwindle After a year of injuries and illness, Barber could only manage 8th. Canada won 6 medals in Rio and 8 at 2015 Worlds, but might leave London with none.