|Sandi and her Arkansas teammate, Lexi Weeks|
Sandi Morris broke the American Woman's Pole Vault record a few weeks ago and she is among the world's top women vaulters today.
Sandi had an advantage as a vaulter at a young age because her Dad, Harry, was a pole vaulter too. Not only is Harry a professional colleague and friend to me, he is a fellow pole vaulter. Although the timing of our paths didn't cross at Western Illinois University, we both pole vaulted for WIU during our college days and we worked together well, but our competitive nature overflowed a few times outside of work. I admit Harry beat me in a barefooted race when we raced on the grass in our white shirt and ties during a lunch...once.
It's an amazing perspective to see Harry's professional journey from my vantage point: a friend whom I have a cosmic connection who has a daughter with world-class God-given athletic abilities rising to the top of international pole vault competition. I'm so, so proud of the whole Morris family.
Anyone with kids in sports knows it's a family affair and I tip my hat to proud wife and mother, Kerry Morris. Best wishes to the entire Morris Family. -Dan Kelleher 11AUG2016
|Harry, Sandi, and Kerry at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships|