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Kristen Hixson returns to Lawrence, defends Street Pole Vault crown

After competing in the various rounds of the third annual Kansas Relays Street Pole Vault, the seven athletes were called back to the stage.

This time, the voice doing so was not one from a Kansas Relays official, nor that of PA announcer Cal Butcher, whose voiced boomed over the speakers in the Salty Iguana parking lot. Instead, the direction came from Ava Lamothe and her mother, a reminder of one of the key intentions of the placement of the event in such a public forum.

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