AAU Jr. Olympics Countdown Profile: KC Lightfoot Surging For 18-Foot Pole Vault

The second-best boys pole vaulter of 2017 is readying for the AAU Junior Olympics at Eastern Michigan University from July 29-August 5. Lee's Summit (MO) High rising senior KC Lightfoot hit a PB of 17 feet, 8.5 inches at the Great Southwest Classic in June, earned an All-American nod at New Balance Nationals Outdoor by finishing sixth in 15-9.25 and then just missed out on a trip to the Pan American Junior Championships by finishing fourth at the USA Junior Championships in 16-10.75. So Lightfoot, who's currently US No. 2, may be ready to hit some big heights again. He's just a few inches away from 18 feet. Can he do it? 

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Who: KC Lightfoot 

Age Group: 17-18

Event: Pole Vault

Where: AAU Junior Olympics (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

When: July 29 to August 5

Breakdown: Lightfoot enters as the top seed in the boys 17-18 division pole vault, with a height of 17 feet, 4.25 inches. But he'll have stiff competition from Zachery Bradford, who's marked a height of 17-4. Lightfoot finished third at the AAU Junior Olympics last year with a height of 15-5. 

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