Stanford's Dylan Duvio scales new heights in pole vault


Stanford sophomore Dylan Duvio went from good to great Saturday at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, setting three personal records on the way to a pole vault victory that raised his profile on the national stage.

Duvio jumped 18-1 3/4 to improve on his all-time best by more than six inches and his season best an entire foot. The height propelled him to No. 2 on Stanford's all-time list, and this season moved to No. 5 in NCAA Division I, No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 14 in the world.

Opening at 16-8, Duvio missed his first try in what would be roller-coaster competition for him. He cleared 16-8 on his second try, made 17-0 and 17-3 3/4 on his first tries, before earning his personal record of the day with a third-try clearance at 17-7 3/4.

By clearing 17-11 3/4 on his second try, Duvio secured the victory over two-time Chilean Olympian Gonzalo Barroilhet, who matched Duvio in misses through 17-7 3/4. From there, Duvio cleared 18-1 3/4 on his first try before three misses at 18-3 3/4 ended his competition.

Overall, Duvio took an exhausting 13 attempts, but was at his best the higher the bar was raised.

Duvio passed Graeme Hoste, who cleared 18-1 in 2006, and into No. 2 on Stanford's all-time list. Duvio, Hoste, and Toby Stevenson are the only members of Stanford's 18-foot club. Stevenson, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 1998 NCAA outdoor champion, holds the Stanford record of 18-9 1/2.

Stanford brought 12 athletes to Austin and two other Cardinal achieved personal bests. Freshman Marisa Kwiatkowski was 10th in the long jump at 19-4 -- a nearly four-inch improvement. She also was third in the triple jump at 41-7, which would have improved upon her personal best and Philippines junior national record, but was aided by a 2.2 miles per second wind (just over the allowable 2.0 for record purposes).

Cardinal junior Jackson Shumway was third in the 400-meter hurdles at 53.00, a personal best, and freshman Isaiah Brandt-Sims ran 10.50 (wind-aided, 2.3) -- a personal record for all conditions -- for 10th in the 100.

While a few should compete at some last-chance qualifying meets, Stanford now gathers itself for the postseason, which begins with the Pac-12 Championships May 16-17 at UCLA.

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