HOUSTON - Being a successful pole vaulter takes lots of practice. Finding that special someone to spend your life with isn t very easy either.

Rice track stars McKenzie Johnson and Chris Pillow are lucky to have both.

Johnson is a freshman from San Diego, California. Pillow is a sophomore from Mechanicsville, Virginia.

She ranks 17th nationally in the women s rankings and he is 12th in the men s rankings. However, the progression of their pole vaulting skills hasn t been as surprising as was their first encounter.

KHOU 11 Sports reporter Daniel Gotera has their story.

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