Catching Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand Duplantis displaying emotion at the first indoor meet of the season is a rare thing, but he flashed some for a few moments Saturday afternoon at the LSU High School Indoor Classic.
And deservedly so.
Duplantis gave a celebratory clap after he broke his own indoor state record by clearing 18 feet, 2 inches. He then cleared 18-5, a mark good enough to set the national high school composite record, indoors or outdoors.
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“It's just the first week so I didn’t want to waste all the emotion,” said Duplantis, who bettered the mark of 18-4¾ set by Park Hill (Missouri) High’s Christopher Nilsen in May, 2016.