Mondo Duplantis Vaults To No. 2 On All-Time Collegiate Chart

Mondo Duplantis put on a show at the LSU Invitational on Saturday.

And a near 23-year-old collegiate record has been put on notice.

Duplantis cleared 5.94m (19-5¾) to win the event title and become the second best performer with the second best performance in collegiate outdoor history. That mark topped Shawn Barber – the former holder of both of those spots and a 2015 finalist for The Bowerman – by one inch.

Vaulting To New Heights

Here are the all-time top-10 performances in collegiate history in the men’s outdoor pole vault. You can CLICK HERE for the full collegiate record book.
Name Program Mark
Lawrence Johnson Tennessee 5.98m (19-7½)
Mondo Duplantis LSU 5.94m (19-5¾)
Shawn Barber Arkon 5.91m (19-4¾)
Shawn Barber Akron

5.90m (19-4¼)

Jacob Davis Texas

5.90m (19-4¼)

Lawrence Johnson Tennessee 5.87m (19-3)
Chris Nilsen South Dakota

5.86m (19-2¾)

Bill Payne Baylor

5.86m (19-2¾)

Joe Dial Oklahoma State 5.85m (19-2¼)
Three tied at No. 10   5.83m (19-1½)

"It felt good to redeem myself today with some quality jumps," said Duplantis, who soared from seventh to first on the NCAA DI Descending Order List. "Took some good attempts at the collegiate record as well. Now, time to shift the focus to the postseason meets."

The collegiate record of 5.98m (19-7½) was set nearly 23 years ago by Lawrence Johnson of Tennessee. Johnson broke the former record of 5.86m (19-2¾) on May 10, 1996, with his vault of 5.87m (19-3) and then bettered it by more than four inches to the current standard 15 days later.

Duplantis wanted to make sure he didn’t just squeak over the bar for a new record. He raised the marker to 6.01m (19-8½) to try to top it by a full inch.

Unfortunately, Duplantis couldn’t channel his inner Rocky Balboa and take down Clubber Lang this time as he barely knocked down the bar on two of his three attempts at the height. Look how close he was on his second attempt!

But don’t worry, collegiate track & field fans: Duplantis could take a few more healthy cracks at the record in a few weeks at the SEC Championships.