Morgann LeLeux of New Iberia finishes second in pole vault to make Tokyo Olympics

Will Backus
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

After more than eight years of trying, Morgann LeLeux is going to the Olympics finally achieved a lifelong dream. 

LeLeux, who attended Catholic-New Iberia High School and her final college season at UL, finished second in the pole vault Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, with a personal best by clearing 15 feet, 5 inches (4.70 meters).   

She'll be part of the U.S. team in Tokyo next month. The 28-year-old LeLeux did not make the U.S. team in 2012 and was an alternate in 2016. 

"I don't even know where to begin. I guess third time really is the charm," LeLeux wrote on Instagram. "First I want to thank my almighty God. He was in charge the entire time and I sat back and let him lead the way."

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Katie Nageotte, who is ranked fifth in the world, was first at 16-2 3/4 and Sandi Morris was third at 15-1.

LeLeux, a five-time LHSAA state champion, signed with Georgia in 2012. She won  SEC indoor titles in 2012 and 2013 and an outdoor championship in 2014. 

She  transferred to UL ahead of the 2016 season. 

In her lone season with the Ragin' Cajuns, she won the Sun Belt Conference title and was named the 2016 SBC Field Student-Athlete of the Year.

"Lon Badeaux, I just want to thank you for giving me an opportunity to finish off my collegiate career as a Ragin' Cajun and getting to finish my final outdoor season at home," LeLeux wrote. "I really want to thank you for allowing me to train at UL's track and prepping myself for the heat we had today. Can't thank you enough."