Olympian Sandi Morris to serve as GVL Christmas Parade grand marshal

Greenville pole vaulter Sandi Morris. Photo by Taylor Wilder via Team USA

Greenville native and Olympic silver medalist pole vaulter Sandi Morris will be grand marshal for this year’s Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade on Dec. 3. Morris, a Greenville High graduate, will lead more than 75 units in the parade that will run on Main Street from Augusta Street to North Street. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Prime seating is from the Main Street bridge south toward Falls Park.

Morris won a silver medal in women’s pole vault at this summer’s Olympic games in Rio, but before that she was a record-setting pole vaulter and all-state volleyball player at Greenville High. She competed for two years in track and field at the University of North Carolina before transferring to the University of Arkansas. While at Arkansas, she won a NCAA Indoor National Championship and four All-American honors. She holds the school’s records for indoor and outdoor pole vault.

Morris has competed on two World Championship teams and won a silver medal at the 2016 Indoor World Championships.

“I am very honored and excited that I will be able to make it home to take part in such a wonderful event,” Morris said in a release.


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