Kansas vaulters soar in Reno
RENO, Nev. – Kansas track & field sent seven pole vaulters to Reno, Nevada for the National Pole Vault Summit at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, where three Jayhawks set personal bests and moved up the program’s all-time lists.
Junior Andrea Willis finished first in section one of the college women’s competition, clearing a new career best of 4.35 meters (14-3.25 ft.), which ties her with Natalia Bartnovskaya for the No. 6 all-time mark in Kansas women’s program history and makes her the No. 3 performer on the KU all-time charts.
Freshman Zach Bradford was the top finisher in section one of the college men’s competition with a career-best vault of 5.50 meters (18-0.5 ft.) and sophomore Kyle Rogers finished second with the same mark, also a career-best. The pair of Jayhawks are now tied for seventh on the Kansas men’s all-time performers lists with the clearances.
Defending NCAA indoor national champion Hussain Al Hizam and 2017 Big 12 Indoor Champion Paulo Benavides finished third and fourth, respectively, in section one of the collegiate men’s group with vaults of 5.30 meters (17-4.5 ft.).
Reno native and senior Jayhawk Alexis Romero finished fifth in section one of the women’s competition with a clearance of 3.95 meters (12-11.5 ft.) and sophomore Khristen Bryant tied for seventh in the same section with a clearance of 3.75 meters (12-3.5 ft.).
The Jayhawks will host the Jayhawk Classic at Anschutz Sports Pavilion in Lawrence, January 25-26, to conclude the home portion of the indoor season.
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