Paulo Benavides

Position Pole Vault
Height 5'11''
Class Senior
Hometown El Paso, Texas
High School El Paso Franklin HS

CAREER RESULTS

Career Highlights
2017 Indoor Second Team All-American (Pole Vault)
2017 Indoor Big 12 Champion (Pole Vault)

 

2019 INDOOR (R-Jr.)
Opened the season with a win in the pole vault at the Bob Timmons Challenge (11/30) with a clearance of 5.29 meters (17-4.25 ft.) … Finished fourth at the National Pole Vault Summit (1/19) with a clearance of 5.30 meters (17-4.5 ft.) … Posted a mark of 5.28 meters (17-3.75 ft.) at the Jayhawk Classic (1/25-1/26) to finish tied for third in the pole vault … Finished third in the pole vault at the Arkansas Qualifier with a mark of 5.30 meters (17-4.5 ft.).

2018 OUTDOOR (Jr.)
Opened the outdoor campaign with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault at the Arkansas Spring Invitational (3/24) with a clearance of 4.80 meters (15-9 ft.) … FInished 11th in the premiere pole vault at the Sun Angel Classic (4/6-7) with a clearance of 5.25 meters (17-2.75 ft.) … Placed third in the open pole vault a the Kansas Relays (4/18-21) with a clearance of 5.00 meters (16-4.75 ft.) … Placed fifth in the pole vault at the Big 12 Championship (5/11-13) with a clearance of 5.28 meters (17-3.75 ft.).

2018 INDOOR (Jr.)
Utilized redshirt season.

2017 OUTDOOR (So.)
Recorded a fourth-place finish in pole vault at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship (5/12-14), with a mark of 5.26 meters (17-3 ft.) … Recorded a season-best clearance of 5.40 meters (17-8.5 ft.) at the Ward Haylett Invitational to take first.

2017 INDOOR (So.)
Placed 15th in pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (3/10-11), posting a clearance of 5.25 meters (17-2.75 ft.) to earn Second Team All-America honors … Won the Big 12 pole vault title and recorded a personal-best 5.47-meter (17-11.25 ft.) mark at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship (2/24-25) … Finished fifth at the Arkansas Qualifier (2/17) with a vault of 5.36 meters (17-7 ft.).

2016 OUTDOOR (Fr.)
Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary (5/28), where he claimed 16th place with a vault of 5.13 meters (16-10 ft.) … Finished third at the Ward Haylett Invitational (5/7) after vaulting 5.15 meters (16-10.75 ft.) … Placed ninth by clearing 5.20 meters (17-0.75 ft.) at the Sun Angel Classic (4/9).

2016 INDOOR (Fr.)
Placed fourth at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/27) with a vault of 5.19 meters (17-0.25 ft.) … Posted a personal best at the Tyson Invitational (2/13) with a vault of 5.31 meters (17-5 ft.), good enough for a fifth-place finish … Placed second after clearing 5.22 meters (17-1.5 ft.) at the Jayhawk Classic (1/29) … Runner-up in pole vault at the Bob Timmons Challenge (12/4) with a clearance of 5.06 meters (16-7.25 ft.).

HIGH SCHOOL
Came to Kansas as the top-ranked boy’s pole vaulter in the nation … Broke the national high school record with a clearance of 5.46 meters (17-11 ft.) at the Albuquerque All-Comers meet in 2015 … Claimed the 2015 Pan Am Junior Games pole vault title with a clearance of 5.40 meters (17-8.75 ft.) … Vaulted to back-to-back Texas state titles in 2014 and 2015 … Runner-up finisher at the 2015 USA Junior Championships with a vault of 5.45 meters (17-10.5 ft.) … Winner at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals after clearing 5.31 meters (17-5 ft.).

PERSONAL
Son of Paul and Rita Benavides … Has three younger sisters; Elyse, Bella and Charlotte … Father, Paul, was a four-year letterwinner in pole vault at UTEP and went on to compete professionally where he held the Mexican national record for 12 years … Majoring in exercise science.