FAYETTEVILLE — Twin sisters Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard began competing as track and field teammates when they were seventh-graders at Cabot Junior High South.

At the first meet, Jacobus and Hoggard did lots of events — sprints, hurdles, relays, the long and triple jumps — but not the pole vault.

Later in the year, a coach suggested the pole vault might be a good event for the twins, too.

“We just decided to try it out and see if we liked it and were good at it,” Hoggard said. “We both had fun doing it, and at the end of the season we placed first and second at the conference meet. I think Lexi jumped 8-6 and I jumped 8-2. Pretty low, but we found that we had a knack for it, and just kept with it and here we are today.”

Ten years later, the twins are University of Arkansas seniors and two of the best collegiate pole vaulters ever.

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