MIRAMAR, Fla. --- Georgia signee Morgan Leleux captured a gold medal in the pole vault during the opening day of the Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships in Miramar, Fla., on Friday.
Leleux, a recent graduate of Catholic High (New Iberia, La.), cleared 13 feet, 7 ¼ inches on her second attempt to best fellow United States teammate Sandi Morris (13-3.50) for the title.
Leleux missed her opening two tries at 13-3.50 after her pole broke on her first attempt but cleared the height on her third try. Morris was able to clear the height in two attempts, briefly taking the lead in the competition.
Despite an hour rain delay mixed with unfavorable winds and Leleux having swollen hands as a result of the pole snapping, Leleux passed at 13-5.25 before shooting over the bar at 13-7.25 to bring top honors back to Louisiana.
“That was my goal today and I’m walking away with my gold,” Leleux told The Daily Iberian.
The 2011 Bulldog signee is planning on competing at the USATF National Junior Outdoor Championships on Friday in Wichita, Kan., before arriving in Athens for the fall semester in August.
Later in the weekend, current Bulldog Caleb Whitener also had success in the men’s shot put. Whitener, who was fifth in the event at the 2011 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships during his freshman season, launched his opening attempt 60-0.25 to take third in the nine-man field.
Whitener, who had four fouls in the weekend competition, punched his ticket to Pan Ams after taking second with a mark of 62-6.50 at the USA Junior Championships in late June.