Tyler Lee’s Branson Ellis wins gold in pole vault and sets state record

Not only is Branson Ellis the state champion in the pole vault for the second straight year, but he’s also the Texas state record-holder.

Ellis, the Tyler Robert E. Lee senior, won the gold in the Class 6A event with a record leap of 18 feet, 3¼ inches on a beautiful sunny day at the UIL Track & Field Championships in Austin.

Ellis, in front of a huge crowd at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus, easily cleared the bar for the record-setter.

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