TORONTO, Canada — For the past few days NCAA-record setting pole vaulter Demi Payne has been spending her time in Toronto, Canada, the host city for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Prior to traveling to Canada, Payne, who calls New Braunfels home, spent quality time in Jacksonville.
Payne's time was spent at Altius Xtreme Vaulting Poles, located in the Jacksonville Industrial Park, where she trained with Jeff Erickson of Altius.
On Thursday night it was Payne's turn to step into the spotlight in Toronto, during the women's pole vault competition.
Payne faced a very seasoned group of competitors and ended up finishing in fourth place, missing out on a bronze medal by just under eight inches.
Payne's score was 14' 9.1”, with Yarisley Silva, representing Cuba, earning the gold medal after clearing 15' 10.9.”
Silva's score set a new Pan American Games record. Silva also defended her Pan American Games title with the winning vault.
Brazil's Fabiara Murer came in second with a mark of 15' 8.9” and American Jenny Suhr (15' 1.1”) was fourth.
Payne competes collegiatly at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA).
In January Payne cleared 15' 2.25” to establish a new NCAA indoor pole vaulting record. Payne's notable fete came during the Texas A&M Track Invitational.
Prior to transferring to SFA, Payne was an All-American at Kansas University.
During the spring Payne went on to win the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Payne's father, Bill Payne, was an All-American pole vaulter at Baylor University.