Soma Perfect in Pole Vault Qualifying at NCAA Championships

June 12, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Washington sophomore Kate Soma was perfect on all three of her vaults Thursday to qualify for the pole vault finals at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Twenty-seven athletes began the competition, but just 14 remain after Thursday's opening round, which saw Soma clear the three qualifying heights on her first attempt at each. The final height of 13-1 � was cleared by just 14 vaulters, each of whom will advance to Saturday's final.

The clearance was no surprise for Soma, who placed second at the NCAA West Regional meet with a school-record mark of 13-10, the sixth-best in Pac-10 history. She enters the event as the nation's fifth-ranked pole vault competitor, after placing 16th in the event as a freshman at last year's NCAA meet.

Just a sophomore, Soma already owns Washington records both indoors and outdoors in the event, and is the only UW vaulter ever to clear 13 feet.

'Kate's been on a roll lately, and has a ton of confidence,' said first-year head coach Greg Metcalf.

Six Husky athletes compete Thursday night, including Brittiny Roberts in the triple jump, Courtney Inman, Eric Garner and John Russell in the 1,500 meters, and seniors Kate Bradshaw and Sabrina Monro in the finals of the 10,000 meters.

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