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ARKANSANS AT RIO LEXI WEEKS, TRACK AND FIELD (USA)

Pole vaulter didn’t foresee trip to Brazil

By Bob Holt

This article was published July 31, 2016 at 2:38 a.m.

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Arkansas pole vaulter and member of the US Olympics Team Lexi Weeks (right) smiles Thursday, July 28, 2016, as she poses for photographs with young fans during a celebration for Razorbacks athletes who will be participating in the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on the Fayetteville square. Seven current and former Arkansas track and field athletes who will represent the United States, Jamaica and South Africa were joined by several former Olympians with Arkansas ties.

LEXI WEEKS AT A GLANCE

COLLEGE Arkansas

CLASS Sophomore

EVENT Pole vault

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL Cabot

HEIGHT 5-6

AGE 19 (born Nov. 20, 1996)

NOTEWORTHY Cleared a personal-best 15 feet, 5 inches to take third at the U.S. Trials on July 10 and make the Olympic team. … Ranks 19th in the world this year. … Met the Olympic qualifying standard by clearing 14-9 in January in her first meet with the Razorbacks. … Trip to Rio de Janeiro will be first time she’s traveled outside the U.S. … Swept SEC and NCAA indoor and outdoor pole vault titles this year. … Set national high school record last year at 14-7½. … Twin sister, Tori, also vaults for Arkansas and was an All-American indoors, taking sixth. … Parents are Brent and Amy Weeks. … Majoring in chemistry.

QUOTE “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. But I am an Olympian, and it sounds weird to say that. So it’s all crazy to me.”

Lexi Weeks isn't getting a summer vacation after her freshman year at Arkansas.

LEXI WEEKS AT A GLANCE

COLLEGE Arkansas

CLASS Sophomore

EVENT Pole vault

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL Cabot

HEIGHT 5-6

AGE 19 (born Nov. 20, 1996)

NOTEWORTHY Cleared a personal-best 15 feet, 5 inches to take third at the U.S. Trials on July 10 and make the Olympic team. … Ranks 19th in the world this year. … Met the Olympic qualifying standard by clearing 14-9 in January in her first meet with the Razorbacks. … Trip to Rio de Janeiro will be first time she’s traveled outside the U.S. … Swept SEC and NCAA indoor and outdoor pole vault titles this year. … Set national high school record last year at 14-7½. … Twin sister, Tori, also vaults for Arkansas and was an All-American indoors, taking sixth. … Parents are Brent and Amy Weeks. … Majoring in chemistry.

QUOTE “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. But I am an Olympian, and it sounds weird to say that. So it’s all crazy to me.”

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