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Hartwig, Jeff - Track and Field

HARTWIG, JEFF – Hartwig was born in 1967 and graduated from Arkansas State University in 1990. At ASU, he was an American South Conference pole vault champion. He vaulted in the 1996 Olympics for the United States. In 1998, he was ranked #1 in the United States and #2 in the world; and received the Jim Thorpe Award as the Best American Field Events Athlete of the year. In 1999, he set the American records for both indoor and outdoor vaulting; was ranked #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the world; and again received the Jim Thorpe Award. In June of 2000, in a meet in Jonesboro, Hartwig broke his own American outdoor record for the 4th time by vaulting 19’-9 ½”. In 2001, he was ranked #1 in the U.S. and then on March 10, 2002, he set the American indoor record (which still stands) by vaulting 19-9. At the end of 2002, he was ranked #1 in the world. In 2008, he represented the United States in the Olympics for the second time.

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