By Matthew Soderberg | Editor-in-Chief
Junior pole vaulter KC Lightfoot is our Lariat Spotlight Athlete of the Week. The reigning Big 12 and USFTCCCA player of the week set the indoor collegiate pole vault record at Baylor’s meet on Texas Tech’s campus last Saturday.
Lightfoot’s 5.94 meter vault broke the Baylor indoor record, which was set by Lightfoot as well as the previous seven highest points. Now with a record fifth Big 12 weekly award, the junior sets his sights above the bar he cleared this past weekend.
“It was a good day overall,” Lightfoot said. “Some things fell into place and the collegiate record stayed up there. There are plenty of things to work on, and I believe a 6-meter bar will be coming sooner rather than later.”
With nearly a year off since the last collegiate competition and a postponed Olympics in his wake, Lightfoot said it was a relief to show off all the improvement he’s made in the team’s time off.
“It means a lot knowing that all of my hard work throughout the pandemic is finally getting time to show through,” Lightfoot said.
Baylor Track and Field head coach Todd Harbour said Lightfoot’s record was a perfect set up to a hopefully incredible season.
“What an incredible start to KC’s season,” Harbour said. “There’s more to come, but what a way to start the indoor season. Very proud for him.”
Lightfoot and the track and field squad will be back in action on Saturday with the Aggie Invitational in College Station.