Sean Clarke soars in All-American freshman season

Who said this: “In high school, I wasn’t that into pole vault.”

A. The highest-placing Ivy League pole vaulter at the NCAA Championships.

B. One of the three freshmen to compete at NCAA Championships for pole vaulting.

C. Penn’s second ever All-American pole vaulter—the first being Van Zimmerman in 1953.

The answer is all of the above; the man is Sean Clarke.

Penn almost missed out on the freshmen sensation, as the vaulter was initially leaning toward taking his pole vault prowess to either Princeton or the US Air Force Academy. A first-hand experience with the team changed his mind, however.

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