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Mark Hollis, champion pole vaulter, inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted: Nov 11, 2013


Mark Hollis (center) receives congratulations on his induction into Olivet's Athletics Hall of Fame from Dr. Jim Knight (L), chair of the Hall of Fame Committee and faculty athletics representative, and Mike McDowell, head coach of Olivet's track and field program


Mark Hollis in action (Photo courtesy of USATF)


Mark Hollis, member of Team USA in many competitions (Photo courtesy of

Olivet’s Department of Athletics announces the addition of Mark Hollis '07 to its Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2013 Homecoming & Family Weekend.

While at Olivet, Mark was the 2006 and 2007 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track and Field Pole Vault National Champion. He also placed second at the 2005 national outdoor meet and second in the 2007 indoor meet. He holds both the indoor and outdoor school records for pole vault at Olivet.

Following his outstanding career with the Olivet Tigers, Mark turned professional. His first championship came at the 2010 Millrose Games. He went on to become the USA Track and Field Outdoor National Champion in 2010 and Indoor National Champion in 2011.

Also in 2011, he placed fourth in the outdoor USA national championships, and was a member of the USA World Championship team in Daegu, placing 11th. He placed third at the 2012 indoor USA national championship meet.

Mark has been ranked as high as third in the USA and 10th in the world. His personal best is 18 feet, 10 ¼ inches. One of his greatest accomplishments was competing in two USA Olympic Trials, placing ninth in 2008 and fifth in 2012.

According to Mike McDowell '10 MOL, head coach for Olivet’s track and field program, “Mark has been an ambassador for pole vaulting around the USA. He has set a standard for younger athletes regarding what it means to be a student of your sport. Mark’s impact on our program is still felt today.”