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.