AKRON, Ohio—It’s rare that a person can sit back and say in all honesty, “I’m the best in the world.”

University of Akron pole vaulter Matt Ludwig recently had the pleasure of saying that for a few hours.

On January 25 in a dual meet against rival Kent State, the senior from Chardon and Lake Catholic High School cleared 19 feet, 1½ inches (5.83 meters) to claim the world’s best mark of the current indoor track and field season.

“It’s fun,” Ludwig said of leading the world. “It’s definitely a title that has merit to hold. But because it’s so temporary, because it’s so early in the season, it’s going to be passed around almost on a daily basis for a while. It’s temporary and it’s nothing crazy, but it’s a lot of fun to take note of it.”

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