From the first day I pole vaulted, I knew.
If I was going to go to college, I was going to LSU.
That was never a question.
It was a family thing.
My mom and dad met at LSU. My brothers came to LSU. Before I ever stepped foot on campus, I was a Tiger.
Still, I had a decision to make.
If I was going to college was up in the air. After finishing high school, I had to choose: pole vault professionally, or go to school.
In the end, I chose LSU. Or maybe LSU chose me.
Either way, it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.
As an athlete, I grew. Training in world-class facilities helped me improve drastically.
So did training alongside world-class athletes. My teammates pushed me to new heights this year. Every day, whether it was training, work outs, or meet days, they set the bar high. When I was tired, they pushed me into an extra gear. When I was complacent, they challenged me to do better. When I was discouraged, they infused me with confidence.
Competing as a Tiger changed me forever. There’s this perception that track and field is an individual sport, and in many cases, that’s true.
But every time I jumped this year, I knew I wasn’t just jumping for myself. My teammates were counting on me, and that created a pressure that I never had experienced before.
I loved it. It made me better…