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One to Watch: Sandi Morris

Former Arkansas standout goes for first medal in Olympics

Sandi Morris
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Sport: Track and field, pole vault

After clearing marks of 14 feet, 6 inches and 14-9, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, graduate will be among 12 women who will compete for a podium spot today in the women’s pole vault final. Before appearing in her first Olympic games, Morris was the 2015 NCAA indoor pole vault champion, a four-time All-American and placed second at the 2015 NCAA outdoor championships. Morris, a native of South Carolina, started her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, before transferring to become a Razorback in 2013.

When to Watch: The women’s pole vault final is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern time today.

Why we’re cheering: Morris set an American outdoor record in July, clearing 16-2 in an American Track League competition in Houston. The former Razorback’s vaulting ability has developed with guidance from University of Arkansas assistant coach Bryan Compton, who has helped with Morris’ training ahead of her appearance in the 2016 Games. The 24-year-old graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2015 and is looking to win her first Olympic medal and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American and the 2015 USTFCCCA Indoor Scholar Athlete of the Year.