Huskers sophomore Spencer Powell rises from ‘Rudy’ tryout to pole vault star

In any other year, T.J. Pierce would have had a spot for a kid like Spencer Powell.

But when Pierce, NU’s pole vault coach, got Powell on the phone in 2015, he explained the numbers crunch that could keep Powell from joining the Huskers. Instead he offered the only thing he could.

Powell wasn’t guaranteed a spot, but he was getting a chance.

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