Area vaulter claims national title

Former Mounds View High School pole vaulter Jagger Gran has taken his talents west to the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. A junior for the Cougars, Gran won his first national title on Saturday at the NCAA Division II indoor championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gran bested a field of 16 vaulters by clearing 16 feet, 10-3/4 inches on his final try. He was the lone vaulter to make that height.

Each competitor has three chances to clear a height. Gran cleared the first height on his first try, but needed three attempts to clear the next three heights. Had he missed at 16-10 3/4, he would have finished in eighth place.

After clearing the height, Gran had to wait while six other competitors took their final shots, but none was up to the task.

Gran has competed at the national indoor championships three times and at the national outdoor championships twice. He is a two-time outdoor All-American and now owns an indoor All-American honor.

Gran is also a four-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pole vault champion.

While at Mounds View, Gran was the state runner-up in the pole vault as a senior. He also earned three all-Suburban East Conference honors and holds the school's indoor and outdoor pole vault records.

—Brian Meyers

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