Nolan Ellis, the odds-on favorite to win the pole vault, won his title in dramatic fashion. He passed on the opening height and then needed all three of his attempts to clear 16 feet, 2.75 inches just to stay in the meet.

Ellis cleared 17-2.75 on his second attempt and watched as the other two finalists finally clear that height on their third attempt. All three missed at 17-6.5, with Ellis jumping last, knowing he had won the national title before his final attempt.

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