National Pole Vault Record Holder Chloe Cunliffe Turns Pro

* West Seattle (WA) senior Chloe Cunliffe discusses her high school national record at Arcadia

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Chloe Cunliffe, the indoor and outdoor high school national record holder in the pole vault and newly minted American Junior Record holder, has made the decision to sign with an agent and become a professional athlete in track and field, according to Jeff Hollobough of Track and Field News. 

The recent West Seattle High School graduate, who topped national record marks in her final year of high school, posting an indoor best of 14 feet, 9 inches and and outdoor mark of 14-8, had originally signed with Washington State University to continue her career collegiately, but in recent months has opted instead to join the professional ranks. 

Track and Field news reported that Cunliffe signed with agent Paul Doyle, the same agent who represent's Chloe's sister, Hannah, a professional sprinter for adidas and former University of Oregon student-athlete. Cunliffe will also work with her father, Mike, and another pole vault coach close to her family. 

Cunliffe's outdoor mark of 4.47 meters (14-8) finished the 2019 season ranked 48th in the world, according to World Athletics, and was the 15th best mark as an American over the calendar season. 

Cunliffe finished her outdoor season with three marks over 14-3. Indoors, she posted three over 14 feet, winning the National Pole Vault elite high school competition. Outdoors, she won the elite section at the Arcadia Invitational and posted another win at New Balance Nationals Outdoor. 

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