It hasn’t taken Matt Ludwig long to make an impact in 2019.

On Jan. 18 in Reno, Nev., the University of Akron pole vaulter had a huge performance at the National Pole Vault Convention.

In winning the event with a vault of 18 feet, 8.75 inches, the Lake Catholic graduate from Chardon not only established an NCAA-best mark for this season, but also the No. 2 mark in the world.

His Jan. 18 vault was the second-best mark in the Zips’ indoor program history and established a career-best indoor effort.

The National Pole Vault Convention featured a United States vs. the World format, and the talent at the event was big-time.

Ludwig was pitted against the likes of LSU’s Mondo Duplantis, who won the European Championships with the top jump of the year (19-10.25), former Zips All-American and 2015 World Champion Shawn Barber and Scott Houston, the 2018 USATF Indoor Champion.

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