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Sandi Morris qualifies for US pole vault final

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Sandi Morris reached the final round of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in the women’s pole vault on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Morris, who entered the qualifying round as the No. 2 American and No. 7 in the world, cleared 4.50 meters (14 feet, 9 inches) to advance. She did not compete in the first two rounds because she had previously qualified for the Olympic standard of 4.73 meters in another event.

The Greenville native and 12 other competitors will compete in the U.S. women’s pole vault finals on June 30 (NBC/Peacock, 6:15 p.m. ET), where the top three finishers will qualify for the Paris Olympics.

Morris, who graduated from Greenville High School, is 31 years old and will turn 32 on July 8. This could be her last chance to compete in the Olympics. In 2024, she set her season’s best of 4.82 meters on January 12, which is an improvement over her 2023 best of 4.80.

Morris had secured a spot on the U.S. team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but had to withdraw after injuring her hip during warm-ups when her pole broke. She won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she cleared 4.85 meters, and she holds the American record in the women’s outdoor pole vault after clearing 5 meters at a 2016 competition in Brussels.

Derrian Carter covers Clemson athletics for The Greenville News and the USA TODAY Network. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on X, formerly known as Twitter, @DerrianCarter00

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