ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Texas’ Kaitlin Petrillose broke the college women’s pole vault record Friday night, clearing 15 feet, 1 inch in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Petrillose broke the mark of 14-11 set by Arkansas’ Tina Sutej in 2012.
“My main goal was to keep my composure and my endurance,” said Petrillose, who just missed clearing 15-5½. “I wanted to be able to be able to continue to get higher bars and get that collegiate record.”
Florida State’s James Harris turned in one of the top individual performances of the meet, clearing 7-7¼ in the high jump, and nearly pushing the collegiate record of 7-9¾.
“I just wanted to shock people,” said Harris, whose primary event is the 400 meters. “I mean, I wasn’t looked at as going to be the winner but hey, I did it.”
In the team standings, the Oregon led with 24 points heading into the final day. The Ducks’ Edward Cheserek won the 5,000 in 13:46.67 and teammate Parker Stinson was third.
“We had a huge day on the men’s side, even better than we expected,” Ducks coach Robert Johnson said.
For the women, Stanford was second in the medley relay to take the lead with 22. Florida was three points behind and looking for its fourth title in the past five years.
“They’re on a mission,” Gators coach Mike Hollaway said. “We have to remind them that we still have work to do. It’s not over. We put ourselves in position to do well, but we have to keep fighting.”
Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino successfully defended her title in the 5,000 in 16:20.39, giving her five NCAA individual championships.
Alabama’s Diondre Batson took the 200 in 20.32, and Kentucky’s Dezerea Bryant won the women’s event 22.69.
Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson took the long jump at 27-6½, and TCU’s won the women’s event at 22-1.
Wisconsin’s Michael Lihrman won the weight throw at 76-3½, and Texas A&M’s Brea Garrett was the women’s winner at 72-8.
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