Nacogdoches,TX (KLTV) –

She’s the first SFA athlete to ever bring an NCAA national championship back to Nacogdoches. Now pole vaulting star Demi Payne is reaching for new heights.

The owner of five collegiate records and 13 victories so far in 2015, Stephen F. Austin pole vaulter Demi Payne is on cloud nine.

“This whole year alone has been life changing,” Payne said. “It is incredible, unbelievable, and you know they are calling it the year of the vault and I could not agree more.”

Payne’s latest title was an NCAA national outdoor championship where she shattered the record by 10 inches. And oh yeah, Payne is doing all of this while caring for her one and a half year old daughter Charlee.

“She pushes me every single day and this is my second chance to show everybody what I got,” Payne said. “It has been a crazy journey, and I’m so thankful to be where I am at right now.”

That is headed to Eugene, Oregon this weekend where Payne will compete for a spot on the USA National Team in hopes to represent her country in Beijing later this summer.

“If I can just get the top three, I will be the happiest person on the world because I would make the world championship team and I go to Beijing,” Payne said. “That has been a goal since I began this so I really want it.”

The junior pole vaulter and SFA’s first national champion likes her chances, especially after winning the indoor title back in March.

“My confidence is at an all-time high right now, and I am having the best practices I have ever had,” Payne said. “I am feeling really good. I just have to go into it with the mindset that I’m going to win, I’m the best, no one can beat me. I just have to kill it.”

Payne may be killing it for the USA Olympic team in Rio come 2016.


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