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Olivia Gruver (Franklin) wins second straight NCAA pole vault title for Kentucky

Olivia Gruver (Franklin) wins second straight NCAA pole vault title for Kentucky

Olivia Gruver (Franklin) is the NCAA women’s pole vault champion again.

Performing for the University of Kentucky, Gruver topped 2016 Olympian Alexis Jacobus of Arkansas for the second-straight year in the 2018 outdoor track and field finals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Gruver’s winning vault Thursday was 14-feet-11 with Jacobus clearing 14-9.

A junior, Gruver cleared the winning height on her first try after missing several earlier first attempts at lower heights. Once she cleared the height of 14-1¼, she relaxed, according to a

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