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Second straight NCAA title has pole vaulter Olivia Gruver, a Franklin grad, eyeing world stage

Second straight NCAA title has pole vaulter Olivia Gruver, a Franklin grad, eyeing world stage

It has taken Kentucky’s Olivia Gruver only seven (relatively) quick years to transform herself from a track and field neophyte at Franklin High School into a two-time NCAA pole vault champion. Though not the type to doubt herself, even the Reisterstown resident is a little startled at where her path has taken her.

“Even after this national championship, I was like, ‘Did that actually happen? Did I make it back in time for that?’ ” she said. “It can be surreal at times, looking back at how far I’ve come.”

Toby Stevenson, who recruited Gruver to Kentucky, said she had all the physical attributes he was looking for in the athletes he trains in vertical jumps and multisport...

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