Sometimes you find the event. Other times the event finds you.

KC Lightfoot was seemingly born to pole vault, and it’s not just traced to his cloud-clearing surname. The first time he ever bellied up to the bar, his coach stood paralyzed, mouth agape.

“On my first day, I got to skip a lot of steps,” said Lightfoot, recalling that summer afternoon after his seventh grade year. “And my coach kept asking, ‘Hey, are you sure he’s never done this before?’ I’m going to be honest, I don’t really remember the first jumps, I just remember I got to skip a lot of steps.”

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