Soaring through the air, upside down, gaining the power to launch over a bar 14 feet off the ground might seem like a nightmare to some. For East Carolina’s All-American pole vaulter Sommer Knight, defying gravity is part of the thrill.

“I don’t feel like I’m that high off the ground,” Knight said. “You don’t know you’re that high up, but I’m also not scared of heights so maybe that has something to do with it.”