Pole vaulter Sandi Morris did something remarkable to those watching when she posted a mark of 4.7 meters—the equivalent of jumping over the height of 1.5 stories in a standard office building—to retain her gold medal last weekend at the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. But these days, 4.7 meters doesn’t cut it for the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, who also holds the American record in the outdoor pole vault.
“I’m not one to accept mediocrity,” Morris told Excelle Sports. “Last year, if I would have been jumping 4.7, I would have been happy about it, but this season, I expect more. It took me so many jumps to get to that bar.”
In her chase of the gold at Indoor Nationals, Morris attempted lower heights instead of passing on them, which pole vaulters can opt to do to limit fatigue. But after jumping 4.7, she faulted three times at 4.8—a height she says felt like an automatic last season.