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