Matt Ludwig remembers being a Lake Catholic freshman just beginning his career as a pole vaulter.

“My coach would say, ‘We’re starting at (14 feet, 4 inches), and I thought, ‘I can’t imagine clearing that.”

That was six years ago.

Today, Ludwig is the NCAA Division I national champion.

Ludwig won his national championship for the University of Akron on June 7 during the first day of the NCAA outdoor track and field meet at Eugene, Ore.

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