The pole vault has proved to be a dicey event. Gains seem to come mostly to those who are new to the event, or those who really invest their time in perfecting their craft, which explains how a few who have a long history made some massive improvements this year.
The Leap of the Year required an improvement of three-feet, eight-inches, and it goes to Prairie View's Ryan Brown
For the record, that's a massive, massive leap.
Brown opened his 2017 season with a 9-1 personal best, but he clearly jumped to new heights this year. When the dust had settled on the 2018 season, he had a shiny new PR of 12-9.
This year's runner-up tallied a fairly big leap himself, and it's Eagle Valley's Oliver White, who improved by three-feet, one-inch. The Eagle Valley sophomore went from 10-2 to 13-3.
A close third-placer was Fairview's Will Chiang, who went from 10-2 to 12-10.
Of additional note, it's very, very difficult to make big leaps when you're already making literal big leaps, but Max Manson continued to make big leaps, both literal, and in terms of improvement. He had a 16-0.25 outdoor PR at the beginning of the season, and he pushed the bar up 1-3.25 to cap his season at 17-3.5.