Oklahoma Sooners senior pole vault Tanner Williams vaulted to new heights Friday, clearing a height of 16 feet, 11.5 inches for eighth place in the men’s pole vault at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His previous high was 16-6.75, recorded in 2014.
The record-breaking clearance comes one season after Williams struggled with injuries.
“I think Tanner made some adjustments over the last three weeks,” Oklahoma track and field coach Jim VanHootegem told OU communications assistant Akliah Laster. “It’s great to see athletes take responsibility for their performances. He asks questions about what he need to fix and he works at that. He and Coach (John) Dagata work together on trust and he’s taking the chances.”
Williams, a 2012 graduate of Plainview High School, is a two-time pole vault prep state champion. He was a four-time 3A regional and Lake County Conference pole vault champion. He won the Meet of Champions with a vault of 15-0.
The Sooners return to action next Saturday at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, for the Alex Wilson Invitational.