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SFA pole vaulter ties world's highest mark

An SFA athlete can officially say he is now one of the best in the country.

Colton Ross, a senior pole vaulter on the SFA Track and Field team, cleared the No. 1 height in the nation as he vaulted 5.70 meters.

Ross hit the mark at the Longhorn Invitational this past weekend, as he went head-to-head with Akron's Shawn Barber.

Although it's the biggest jump he's recorded thus far, he said he had confidence going into the jump that he could do it.

"I took a kneel and asked the good Lord to give me the confidence. After I did that, I knew it was mine. If I wanted it, it was there, and I had all the perfect conditions. There wasn't a doubt in my mind, honestly, I could do it," said Ross. "I knew it was a good jump and whenever I started falling and saw that bar still sitting there, that's when it was just a big breathe of fresh air. It was refreshing to know that I finally did what I've been working so hard for. I mean excitement is an understatement."

With that jump, Ross broke the school record, and is now tied with the world's highest mark for the 2014 outdoor season.

Ross was also named the Southland Conference Player of the Week, making it his second time in the outdoor season receiving this award.

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