DES MOINES, Iowa – Only lightning could keep pole vaulter Sandi Morris earthbound Sunday.
Morris had already clinched her second straight title at the USATF Outdoor Championships with a height of 4.80 meters (15 feet, 9 inches) when she asked officials to raise the bar to 4.94 meters (16-2 ½).
With a clearance, she would vault above world leader Jenn Suhr in the rankings by half an inch.
Morris, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, and the other competitors contended with swirling winds all afternoon and knew inclement weather was heading their way. But with the elimination of runner-up Katie Nageotte (4.70/15-5), the U.S. indoor champion, and Suhr (4.60/15-1), only Morris was left.