Earl Bell of Arkansas State was in second place when the pole vault bar was raised to a meet-record height of 18-1 (5.51m) at the 1975 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The only problem was he had lots of company – four had cleared the previous meet record height of 17-8 (5.38m), and the other three all had higher PRs than Bell. Leading that group was the first collegiate 18-footer, Dan Ripley of San Jose State, who scaled 18-1 a few months earlier for a world indoor best.

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