Event: Pole Vault (IN: 17-0 ¾; OUT: 17-5)
Graduated from LSU in May 2013 with his degree in kinesiology … A standout pole vaulter during his four seasons with the Tigers from 2010-13 … Cleared a lifetime best of 17 feet, 5 inches during his senior season outdoors in 2013 … Competed in the NCAA semifinals of the pole vault for the first time in his career as a senior in 2013 … Was an NCAA Championships qualifier in each of his four seasons with the Tigers while competing at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds from 2010-13 … Scored a total of 18.5 points for the Tigers at the SEC Championships between the indoor and outdoor seasons … Earned career-best finishes of fourth place at the SEC Outdoor Championships as a freshman in 2010 and tying for fourth place at the SEC Indoor Championships as a sophomore in 2011 … Honored as a three-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during his collegiate career … Recognized for his community service efforts with a selection to the SEC Community Service Team for track and field in 2013 … Was LSU’s male nominee for the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award in 2013.
Ended his collegiate career by advancing to the national semifinals in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his four seasons in Baton Rouge … Cleared the bar at 17-2 ¾ on his first attempt to tie for 15th place in the pole vault at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Greensboro, N.C. … Advanced to the national semifinals by claiming 12th place in the pole vault at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. … Posted a mark of 17-2 ¾ at the NCAA prelims … Scored three points for the Tigers by taking sixth place in the pole vault in his final appearance at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Columbia, Mo. … Cleared the bar at 17-3 at the SEC Outdoor meet to take sixth place in the event … Cleared a lifetime PR of 17-5 while tying for fourth place in the B section of the pole vault at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays … Followed the Texas Relays by clearing 17-0 ¾ for a third-place finish at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational … Also vaulted at the LSU Relays (16-11), Battle on the Bayou (16-9 ¼), Penn Relays (16-0 ¾) and LSU Alumni Gold during the outdoor season … Opened the 2013 season by clearing an indoor personal best of 17-0 ¾ in a runner-up finish at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener … Followed by tying for third place at the Texas A&M Triangular with a clearance of 16-6 … Saw his indoor season cut short after suffering a back injury following the tri-meet in College Station, Texas … Honored for his academic performance with a third-straight selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Recognized for his community service efforts with a selection to the SEC Community Service Team for track and field in 2013 … Was LSU’s male nominee for the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award.
Matched his lifetime personal record with a clearance of 17-0 ¾ for a seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Scored two points in helping the Tigers earn a second-place finish in the final team standings at the SEC Outdoor meet held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Tied for 27th place in the pole vault at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds while clearing 16-5 ½ … Won the pole vault title in the college division at the Penn Relays after going up and over the bar at 16-10 ¾ … Finished in fourth place at the Arizona State Tri-Meet (16-3 ¼) and fifth place at the LSU Alumni Gold (16-8 ¼) during the outdoor season … Also cleared 16 feet outdoors at the LSU Relays (16-7 ¼) and Texas Relays (16-6 ¾) … Tied for 10th place in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships with a clearance of 16-0 … Cleared an indoor seasonal-best of 16-8 for a runner-up finish at the Texas A&M Dual Meet … Tied for ninth place at the Razorback Invitational (16-4 ¾) and 11th place at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (16-6 ¾) during the indoor season … Placed 11th in the vault at the Tyson Invitational (16-1 ¼) … Honored for his academic performance with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the second-straight season … Also earned all-academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association following the season.
Scored 4.5 points for the Tigers by tying for fourth place in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships … Set a new indoor personal record at the SEC Indoor meet with his clearance of 16-11 ½ to finish in a tie for fourth place with teammate Josh Dominguez … Helped LSU score a total of 17 points in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships … Earned third-place finishes in the event at the LSU Twilight (16-7 ½) and LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier (16-6) during the indoor season … Was an NCAA qualifier in the event during the outdoor season … Tied for 28th place in the pole vault at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Bloomington, Ind., with his mark at 16-0 ¾ … Opened the outdoor season by tying for second place at the LSU Tiger Relays with a clearance at 16-7 ½ … Posted an outdoor seasonal best of 16-8 in a tie for fifth place at the LSU Alumni Gold … Cleared 16-0 ¾ to take seventh place at the 117th Penn Relays … Also cleared 16-0 ¾ in to finish in 11th place at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Competed in a total of 15 meets for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2011 … Honored for his performance in the classroom with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time … Also a recipient of LSU’s Scholar-Athlete Director’s Cup during the 2011 Tiger Athletic Foundation Academic Excellence Gala.
One of the top pole vaulters in the Southeastern Conference during his freshman season in 2010 … Scored a total of nine points for the Tigers at the SEC Championships between the indoor and outdoor seasons … Earned a fourth-place finish in his first career appearance at the SEC Outdoor Championships by clearing a height of 16-8 ¾ … Was the fifth-place finisher at the SEC Indoor Championships with a mark of 16-10 ¾ … Competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. … Cleared 17-0 ¾ in the NCAA East Prelims to finish in a tie for 16th place and match his lifetime personal best … Cleared 17 feet twice during the outdoor season as he also cleared 17-0 ¾ to finish third at the Miami Elite Invitational … Earned a second-place finish at the LSU Tiger Relays (16-7 ½) and a second-place finish in the college section at the Penn Relays (16-6- ¾) … Also wrapped up his indoor season by recording a new indoor personal best of 16-11 in a first-place finish at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier … Competed in a total of 15 meets during his freshman season.
PRIOR TO LSU
The No. 1 pole vaulter in the state of Louisiana for the Class of 2009 … Wrapped up his senior season at Lacassine High School by winning the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Division II indoor state title and Class B outdoor state title in the pole vault … Set a new overall personal best and LHSAA Division II Indoor State Championships meet record of 16-2 to win the 2009 indoor state title … Finished the 2009 indoor season as the nation’s fifth-ranked boy’s pole vaulter with his top mark of 16-2 … Also set a new outdoor personal best and LHSAA Class B Outdoor State Championships meet record of 16-0 to win the 2009 outdoor state title … Also swept indoor and outdoor state titles during his junior season in 2008 … Improved his overall PR by nearly two feet between his junior and senior seasons … Competed at the 2008 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships, where he earned a sixth-place finish in the young men’s division … Wrapped up his high school career with 14 meet records in the state.
Full name is Joseph Calloura Caraway … Born on Oct. 13, 1990 … Son of Julius Caraway III and LaDonna Caraway … Has three older siblings: Julius IV, Barbara and Katarina … Father played football at McNeese State … His two sisters also ran track at McNeese State … Graduated from Lacassine High School with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average … Was the valedictorian of his senior class … Winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman for the state of Louisiana during his senior year … Served as Class President for two years and was a member of the Student Council for four years … Four-time recipient of JDPB Outstanding Achievement honor … Majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement.