Event: Pole Vault
PR: 5.83m/19-1.5 (2014)
Current Residence: Elkhart, Ind.
High School: Freeport (Ill.) HS ‘03
College: Olivet Nazarene ‘07
Coach: Amanda Hollis
Agent: Jeff Hartwig
2011 USATF Indoor champion (5.60m/18-4.50)
2010 USATF Outdoor champion (5.60m/18-4.50)
Third at 2012 USATF Indoor Championships (5.60m/18-4.5)
Two-time NAIA champion – 2006 (5.25m/17-2.75); 2007 (5.34m/17-6.25)
One of the top pole vaulters in the country, Mark Hollis grabbed a spot on his first World Outdoor Championships team in 2011. His pole vaulting career took off after his high-profile wins at 2010 USA Outdoors and 103rd Millrose Games. In April 2008 Hollis set personal bests at three consecutive meets. In his senior year of high school, he wasn’t the average pole vaulter as he was only 5 foot 8 inches tall and 150 pounds. By his junior year at Olivet Nazarene, he had grown to be 6-1, 185 pounds and had become much stronger as a result of time in the weight room. Not only does Hollis participate in pole vaulting, he coaches it as well. He coaches at Elkhart Memorial High School and is a volunteer coach at the University of Notre Dame, the same place he trains. Hollis also volunteers regularly for the Salvation Army in Elkhart, Ind. He married his wife Amanda in July 2009, who also serves as his coach. The vaulter graduated from Olivet Nazarene in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management.
2012: Fifth at USA Outdoors (5.60m/18-4.5); 1st at OTC series (5.60m/18-4.5); 8th at Shanghi (5.30m/17-4.5); 2nd at Ponce (5.60m/18-4.5); 2nd at Belem Grand Prix (5.40m/17-8.5); 3rd at USA Indoor (5.60m/18-4.5); 1st at Bloomington Indiana Relays (5.40m/); 1st at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (5.36m/)
2011: 11th in Group “A” at World Outdoors (5.35m/17-6.5); USA Indoor champ (5.60m/18-4.50); 4th at USA Outdoors (5.54m/18-2); 5th at Doha (5.40m/17-8.5).
2010: USA Outdoor champ (5.60m/18-4.50); 7th at USA Indoors (5.50m/18-0.50); 1st at Millrose Games (5.60m/18-4.50); 2nd at Rotich-Egern (5.75m/18-10.25).
2009: 5th at USA Outdoors (5.70m/18-8.25).
2008: 9th in qualifying group at Olympic Trials (5.40m/17-8.50).
2007: 1st at NAIA Champs (5.34m/17-6.25i).
2006: 1st at NAIA Champs (5.25m/17-2.75).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 5.60m/18-4.50 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 21 in the world); Outdoor bests - 5.63m/18-5.50 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 30 in the world);
2011: Indoor bests – 5.63m/18-5.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 16 in the world)
Outdoor bests – 5.62m/18-5.25 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 31 in the world)
2010: Indoor bests – 5.60m/18-4.50 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 32 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.75m/18-10.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 10 in the world)
2009: Indoor bests – 5.60m/18-4.50 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 38 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.70m/18-8.25 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 23 in the world)