Sandi Morris is no stranger to competition. Her innate competitiveness has led her to a new South Carolina State Record in the pole vault during the 2010 track and field season as well as a spot on the 2010-2011 track and field roster at the University of North Carolina.
Morris, who has been competing in track and field since the 2nd grade, has competed in more track and field events than most. She has competed in events ranging from the 100 meter hurdles to the long jump to the pole vault. Although she has been very competitive in all of the events that she has participated in, she has experienced most of her success in the pole vault.
Sandi began pole vaulting during the summer prior to her freshman year of high school. Her father competed in the pole vault in college and said that she would probably be good at it if she tried it. She did try it and hasn’t looked back since. Sandi’s mom was a hurdler and multi-event athlete in college, so it is no surprise that Sandi is such a versatile and multi-talented athlete.
Because of her accolades, she was heavily recruited by many prestigious universities. Sandi states that she settled on the University of North Carolina because ” it was where my heart told me to go”. She also states that “Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson and the University of Virginia are all great schools. I could not have gone wrong if I had chosen any of them.”
On Friday, June 18th, 2010, Sandi competed in the Girls Championship Pole Vault at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. She finished in 6th place with a jump of 3.87meters (12 feet 8 inches). Sandi says that “she feels pretty good about that jump”. Her personal best performance is only half an inch higher than that performance, so she is satisfied for the moment.
Always looking forward (and upward), Sandi feels that she will surpass the 13 foot barrier during her upcoming competitions this summer. She is competing in a few pole vault competitions organized by Rusty Shealy (her pole vault coach) as well as the USATF Region Competition in Greensboro, North Carolina July 8th-11th, 2010.
Although Sandi has been very successful thus far in her career, she understands that she could not have done any of it without the support of her parents and coaches. She is quick to praise her dad, Coach Kerry Morris (her Greenville HS coach and mother), Coach Rusty Shealy (her current pole vault coach), Coach Wyatt (her first official coach) and Coach KB Brown (her hurdles coach).
Sandi, who is also a musician, writer and animal lover has not decided what she will major in when she gets to UNC in the fall.
Because of her many endeavors, she could see herself as a veterinarian or novelist one day. She also has aspirations to be a professional pole vaulter after college. But for now, she is “keeping her options open”.
Competition and the desire to be a better athlete is what keeps Sandi motivated. When she was asked what she considered to be her best moment in athletics, she replied “I don’t think that moment has happened yet”.