Lacy Janson soars to US Olympic berth in pole vault

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – More than a decade in the making, Lacy Janson can finally add the Olympian to her resume as one of the most decorated pole vaulters in US history.

Janson claimed the third and final spot on the US Olympic team Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon at the trials. The Sarasota native and Tallahassee resident cleared 4.50 meters (14-9), but had to await a final attempt at 4.55 by competitor Mary Saxer before securing a trip to the 2012 London Games.

A strong headwind, which turned the women’s pole vault competition into a four-athlete showdown for three slots, halted Janson’s strong start. After clearing the first three bars (4.25m/4.40/4.50), each on her first attempt, the former Seminole star stalled at 4.55 with three consecutive misses.

It was a moment of redemption for Janson, a six-time All-American at Florida State who had two NCAA and eight ACC titles to her credit, but finished 10th at the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Janson, who last competed for the Seminoles when she graduated as an Academic All-American in 2006, continues to train with FSU assistant coach Dennis Nobles.

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