Matt Ludwig
Matt Ludwig
Year: So.
Hometown: Chardon, Ohio
High School: Lake Catholic/Missouri
Position: Pole Vault

2017 Outdoor: Earned the ninth NCAA title in Akron program history and first-team All-America honors winning the men’s pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 7 clearing 18-4.50 (5.60m)...finished among the top four in all nine spring competitions...won his second Mid-American Conference title in the pole vault surpassing 17-2.50 (5.25m) at the MAC Championships (May 11) to collected first-team All-MAC honors...registered the second-best jump in program history registering a career-best mark of 18-8.25 (5.70m) at the Campbell/Wright Invitational (May 6)...won four of his final five meets of the season, including victories at the LSU Alumni Invitational (17-7.25/5.37m), Campbell/Wright Invitational (18-8.25/5.70m), MAC Championships (17-2.50/5.25m) and NCAA Championships (18-4.50/5.60m)...also finished first at the Roadrunner Invitational (March 25) with a clearance of 17-8.50 (5.40m)...finished second and third, respectively, at the Spec Towns Invitational (April 7) and Texas Relays (April 1) with marks of 16-0.75 (4.90m) and 18-4.50 (5.60m)...also competed in the 4x400 relay in four meets, including posting a season-best time of 3:10.97 to finish third at the Spec Towns Invitational (April 8)…2017 Indoor: Garnered first-team All-America accolades after placing third in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10) with a jump of 18-0.50 (5.50m)...finished in top-two in eight meets, including recording four victories in the pole vault...captured the pole vault title at the Mid-American Conference Championships (Feb. 25) with a mark of 17-1.50 (5.22m)...registered the third-highest mark in indoor program history eclipsing 18-1 (5.51m) at the Zips Invitational (Feb. 17).

PRIOR TO AKRON (MISSOURI - 2015-16): 2016 Outdoor: Placed 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault finished 10th in the event surpassing 17-4.50 (5.30m) to garner second-team All-America accolades...began the season with a first-place finish at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, posting a 5.20m jump...followed with three additional first-place finishes at the John McDonnell Invitational, the Memphis Invitational and the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kansas...his performance at the Memphis Invitational earned both a then personal-best jump and a new school record of 5.46m...2016 Indoor: Finished in first place at the Illinois-Iowa-Missouri Border Battle meet to open the season, with a jump of 5.10m...had a season-high performance of 5.30m at the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, finishing in first...took home a sixth-place finish at the SEC Championships in Arkansas, posting a jump of 5.15m.