Sporting an iconic look, Sean Clarke is ready to make his comeback in the pole vault

Junior pole vaulter Sean Clarke is one of the most recognizable athletes at Penn. He has a slightly unusual body type for a pole vaulter. He’s a bit short. He has long, flowing blond hair, accompanied by reflective shades, long socks, and earrings. He looks like a celebrity. This season, he also has a legitimate shot at a national title.

“The generic body type [for a pole vaulter] is normally taller, about six feet,” Clarke said. “Male pole vaulting is less about height, and more about speed.”

Whatever it’s about, Clarke has it. Last year as a sophomore, he set a personal record in the outdoor pole vault at 5.50 meters, good for second all-time at Penn. He won the Ivy League championship at the 2018 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, and was recognized as first team All-Ivy. He also earned second-team All-Ivy status in the 2018 indoor season.

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