Paul Migas Wins Texas Relays PV Title, Grab US No 2 Mark

The sky-diving Paul Migas is inching his way toward immortal territory in the pole vault




Jordan Hamb was not the only Illinois athlete to win a title at the 96th Annual Texas Clyde Littlefield Relays.

Add Paul Migas to the mix. The star senior from Lake Villa Lakes continued his successful national tour, this one from the Lone Star state. 

Migas set out on a mission to beat a stellar field that included Samuel Abati (senior, San Antonio Reagan), Bryce Barkdull (senior, Andover Central, KS), and Caelan Harland (junior, Macon, MO). Add indoor national leader Dyson Wicker (senior, Rockwall Heath, TX), and something major was about to pop off.

Abati is the current national leader at 17'6" and placed fifth at the New Balance Nationals Indoor last month. Barkdull took second at NBNI.

All five performers entered the competition at 16'0.75" and advanced to 16'6.75," but Wicker bowed out.

Migas, Barkdull, and Abati cleared 17'0.75."

Migas remained the only performer, and the bar moved to 17'4.50." He cleared the height to set a personal best. Already sitting in the US#2 spot, Migas asked the bar to be placed 17'8.50" which would have snatched the national lead from Abati.

Migas, whose ultimate goal is to take down Zach Bradford's all-time state record of 18'2.5." 

There is plenty of time to possess all-time marks, but in the meantime, exacting revenge and taking down the deepest field to date must feel really good to Paul Migas.