KC Lightfoot woke up at 4:30 a.m. Monday in New York to catch a flight home. He arrived back in Lee’s Summit roughly eight hours later and spent a jet-lagged afternoon jogging around the track at Lee’s Summit High School.

Lightfoot wanted to be back in time for practice, so he could continue working toward one elusive, but in his mind very attainable, goal — clearing 18 feet in the pole vault.

“It’ll happen,” Lightfoot said. “It’ll happen sooner or later.”

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