Fort Worth woman becomes top collegiate pole vaulter

Fort Worth local wins national pole vaulting title

FORT WORTH -- 21-year-old Lakan Taylor, a University of Alabama student and a graduate of Boswell High School, won the NCAA championship this weekend for individual women's pole vaulting.

No matter how many times they watch it, it still doesn't seem real. It is the moment, recorded on video, where Lakan Taylor's dreams hit new heights.

"I'm over here critiquing myself," Taylor said, laughing, as she watches the video.

This weekend, she won the NCAA National Championship for individual women's indoor pole vaulting. The 21-year-old from Fort Worth is, simply, the best female collegiate indoor pole vaulter in the country. She cleared more than 14 feet, 7 inches-- a record for her, and a record at her school, the University of Alabama.

"I just got up from the mat," Taylor recalls of her winning vault. "I was screaming, I ran off the mat—my blood flow was just going crazy."

Her mother, Tina Taylor, is still emotional to see how far Lakan has come. "She's worked so hard," Tina said through tears.

This isn't the first time she has been recognized for her athletic prowess. WFAA profiled Lakan when she was a student at Boswell High School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. She won state championships her junior and senior years.

With college graduation impending, she has her sights set on new heights. "I'll try and train for USA outdoors and who knows, maybe we go to Tokyo, we'll see," Taylor said. "That's where the next Olympics is."

"I did such a good jump, but I'm still, like, I can do something different," Lakan comments as she watches the video again.

Perhaps, she'll have the chance soon, on an even bigger stage.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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