Jake  Blankenship

Jake Blankenship

Blacklick, Ohio

High School:
Gahanna Lincoln

Pole Vault

Year (XC/In./Out.):

Pole Vault: 19-0.25/5.80m(2015)

Pole Vault: 19-0.25/5.80m (2015)


2013 Indoor Pole Vault: 4th, 18-4.5
2015 Indoor Pole Vault: 2nd, 19-0.25

2013 Indoor Pole Vault: 2nd, 18-2.5/5.5m
2013 Outdoor Pole Vault: 5th, 17-3/5.26m
2014 Outdoor Pole Vault: 2nd, 18-6/5.64m
2015 Indoor Pole Vault: 2nd, 18-3.75/5.58
2015 Outdoor Pole Vault: 1st, 18-3.0/5.56

  • 2015 USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors
  • 2015 SEC Men's Pole Vault Champion
  • NCAA silver medalist in the pole vault at 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships
  • Silver medalist in the pole vault at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships
  • Earned the honor of 2013 Indoor SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year
  • USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors
  • Named to the 2013 Indoor All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Earned SEC Co-Freshman of the Week Honors twice
  • Scored at the 2013 Indoor NCAA Championships
  • Scored at the 2013 Indoor SEC Championships
  • Holds the Vol freshman record for the pole vault at 18-4.50

  • Capped the indoor campaign with a second-place finish in the men's pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships, doing so with a lifetime best effort of 19 feet, 0.25 inches (5.80)
  • Finished runner-up in the men's pole vault at the SEC Championships (5.58/18-3.75)
  • Picked up another victory in the pole vault at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet on Feb. 7, clearing 5.56 meters (18-3.0) for the win
  • Finished first in pole vault at Hokie Invitational beating his personal best with a score of 5.70m
  • Earned a win in his first competition of the season, besting the pole vault field at the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17 with a vault of 5.55 meters (18-0.250)
  • Was named the SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 20 after his season-opening win
  • Earned first team All-America honors for the second straight season after placing sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a vault of 17 feet, 8.5 inches (5.40)
  • Needed just one jump to qualify for the NCAA Championships after clearing 17 feet, 2.75 inches (5.25) on his first attempt at the NCAA East Prelim to finish in a tie for first
  • Won his first SEC pole vault gold at the SEC Outdoor Championships (18-3.0/5.56) to give become the 13th conference pole vault champion in program history
  • Recorded a new outdoor personal best (19-0.25/5.80m) and finished third in the Elite Section at the Texas Relays, making him one of 16 collegians in history to clear 19 feet
  • Earned top medalist honors in the pole vault invitational at the Tennessee Relays with a vault of 18 feet, one inch (5.51)
  • Finished first in pole vault at the War Eagle Invitational (18-9.25/5.72)
  • Clinched his third straight Penn Relays Title in pole vaulting with a vault of 5.50m (18-0.5)
  • Picked up his fourth straight pole vault win with a victory at the Tennessee Challenge (18-04.75/5.61)

  • Established new meet record in pole vault at Kentucky Invitational with mark of 5.52m
  • Won Virginia Tech Invite and placed second at Blazer Invitational
  • Tied for 3rd at NCAA East Regionals with 5.32m jump to advance to NCAA Championships
  • Surpassed facility record at SEC Championships clearing 5.64m for silver in the event
  • Season best mark of 5.55m at Tennessee Challenge 5/3/14
  • Successfully defended pole vault title at 2014 Penn Relays; winning mark of 5.30m
  • Returned to competition late in the 2014 season, scoring victories in first two meets

  • USTFCCCA First Team All-America
  • Indoor SEC Field Freshman of the Year, All-SEC Second Team, SEC All-Freshman Team
  • SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 5)
  • NCAA scorer (mPV, 4th, 18-4.5)
  • SEC scorer (mPV, 2nd, 18-2.5)
  • School Indoor Pole Vault freshman record holder (18-4.5)
  • Placed fourth at the NCAA Championships, earning a new freshman and personal record of 18-4.50
  • Was the runner-up at the SEC Championship meet, earning a new freshman record (18-2.5), All-SEC Second Team honors, SEC All-Freshman Team honors, and the title SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year
  • Won the Samford Invitational and set a new freshman record with a height of 18-1
  • Matched the UT freshman record at the Armory Invitational, where he topped 18-0.5 to win the Championship division
  • Won the pole vault at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, earning a meet record with a height of 17-4.25
  • Placed second at the Virginia Tech Invitational, vaulting over the bar at a height of 17-1.50
  • Won his first meet as a Vol, placing first and earning a new pole vault personal record of 17-8.50 at the Kentucky Invitational
  • Tied with teammate Tyler Porter for first place at the NCAA East qualifiers, earning a trip to the NCAA Championships
  • Scored at the SEC meet, placing fifth with a height of 17-3
  • Won the Penn Relays Championship pole vault with a height of 18-0.50, leading a 1-2-3 finish for the Vols
  • Finished third at the Vanderbilt Invitational, crossing the bar at 16-7.25
  • Won the Sea Ray Relays invitational division of the pole vault with a height of 18-1.50
  • Finished second with a height of 17-8.50 at the Florida Relays
  • Earned a new outdoor personal best and came in fourth place at the Texas Relays with a height of 18-4.75...This mark currently ranks fourth in the country this season
  • Opened his first outdoor season as a Vol at the MSU Conference Challenge, finishing tied for seventh with a height of 15-5

  • Indoor All-American 2012
  • Outdoor All-American 2011
  • 2011 USA TODAY All-USA Track and Field Team Member
  • Bronze Medal Winner at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Games (5.05m)
  • 2011 IAAF World Youth Team USA Qualifier Champion
  • 2011 New Balance Outdoor Champion (17-3/4)
  • 2012 New Balance Indoor Champion, (17-00)
  • All-State 2010, 2011, 2012
  • All-Conference 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • OHSAA State Meet Champion 2012 and State Meet Record Holder 17-2 (5.23m)
  • 2012 Indoor State Meet Champion and Meet Record Holder 17-6.5 (5.35)
  • OHSAA State Meet Champion 2011
  • Ohio Outdoor State Record Holder (17-2)
  • Ohio Indoor State Record Holder (17-6.5)
  • Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium All Time Record (17-2)

  • Recipient of the William H. Suddarth Athletic Scholarship


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