Jacob Albright spent most of his high school years learning the pole vault.
Whether it was during the season or going to offseason camps, the Louisburg High School graduate’s focus was always to get as high as he could off the ground.
All of the hard work has paid off for Albright as he has officially vaulted to the college ranks. Albright will walk-on to the University of Kansas track and field team for the pole vault and saw his dreams come to a reality.
“I am very excited,” Albright said. “I really didn’t think about vaulting at other schools, but I talked to the KU coaches at some of the events and camps I performed and they eventually allowed me to walk-on. I can’t wait for everything to start.”
Albright will compete in both the indoor and outdoor seasons for the Jayhawks and practice begins on Aug. 27 with meets to follow in September.
Kansas jump coach Tom Hays brought Albright into the program and the two hit it off from the beginning. Hays also coaches another LHS grad in Colleen O’Brien, who competed in the high jump last season.
“He is a really nice and laid back guy,” Albright said. “He is from a small town in Kansas, and he is a good coach who knows a lot about the sport. Hopefully I can keep improving and working hard.”
Albright had a successful senior season of his own for the Wildcats.
He finished third at the state meet after he cleared 14 feet, 6 inches, and he broke the school record two different times. At the Frontier League meet, Albright cleared 15-6 to break his own record of 15-1 that he set during the Louisburg Invitational.
The pole vault has been a part of Albright’s life since he was in seventh-grade and got started in the sport by his father, Bob.
“My dad started pole vaulting when he was really young,” Albright said. “He told me it was so long ago that he used aluminum and bamboo poles. I guess he is pretty old.”
Albright will soon start classes and begin his journey toward a degree in biology, along with improving the vault.
“I think the biggest goal I have for myself is just to stay focused,” Albright said. “I want to be consistent on my approaches on the runway and hopefully I can get even higher.”
by: Andy Brown