defended his indoor national title on Sunday (June 15), clearing 17 feet, seven inches in the pole vault to win the New Balance National Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

His winning vault outdistanced runner-up Luke Winder (Ill.) by seven inches. No other competitor cleared 17 feet.

The Southeastern signee notched All-American honors for the third time in his high school career. | The Times-Picayune chronicled King’s training over the winterbefore he won his first national title at March’s indoor championship.

Fellow Louisianans Mikiah Brisco (Baton Rouge), Madison Heath (Fontainebleau) and Eric Coston (St. Paul’s) were selected All-American in the 100 meters, pole vault and freshman one mile run, respectively. All-American status is awarded to the top six competitors in each championship section.

All Louisiana participants are listed below. Full results are posted by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation.


Pole Vault Championship: 1. Devin King (Sumner), 17-7
1 Mile Freshman: 1. Eric Coston (St. Paul’s), 4:21.55
1 Mile Emerging Elite: 8. Devyn Keith (John Curtis), 4:16.73
1 Mile Junior High: 7. Zachary Barthel (John Curtis), 4:47.17; 13. Henry Elliot (St. Paul’s), 4:52.90; 21. Denton Young (John Curtis), 5:00.37
2 Mile Emerging Elite: 5. Devyn Keith (John Curtis), 9:24.26


100 Meter Championship: 6. Mikiah Brisco (Baton Rouge), 11.53
Pole Vault Championship: 5. Madison Heath (Fontainebleau), 12-7.5
Javelin Championship: 7. Kristen Clark (Ruston), 133-0
5,000 Meter Championship: 32. Gabrielle Jennings (First Baptist Christian), 18:36.98


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