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2013-11-08 Hollis inducted into ONU Athletics Hall of Fame
2013-11-08 Hollis inducted into ONU Athletics Hall of Fame

Mark Hollis inducted into ONU Athletics Hall of Fame

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013 at 10:41 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Department of Athletics at Olivet Nazarene University is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Hollis ’07 to the Hall of Fame.

Hollis is the 2006 and 2007 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 Tigers, Hollis 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.

Hollis 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 Coach Mike McDowell, “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.”