Black Pole Vaulter Kayla Smith Chasing History

Kayla Smith is weeks away from her final pole vault competition
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ATHENS, Ga. – Kayla Smith is weeks away from her final pole vault competition, yet the University of Georgia graduate student can’t stop looking back at all she’s overcome to reach this point.

Not only has she battled numerous injuries, she has also carved a path for herself in a sport where she has the opportunity to make history. This week, Smith will compete in her final SEC competition at E.B. Cushing Stadium in College Station, Texas.

It’s the last tune-up before the NCAA championships, where Smith has the chance to become the first African-American woman to win a national title in the pole vault.

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