BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The future of NCAA pole vaulting looks sky-high.

Heck, the present, too.

Five of the top 10 finishers in the event at Friday’s opening day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships were freshmen. That includes Baylor’s KC Lightfoot, who achieved the first All-America honor of his career by finishing eighth.

Lightfoot becomes the seventh Baylor men’s pole vaulter to be an All-American, and the first since Jim Autenreith in the outdoor season in 2002. Autenreith wished Lightfoot good luck on Twitter earlier in the day. Prior to Lightfoot, the last BU vaulter to reach All-America heights during the indoor season was Bill Payne in 1991.

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