Arizona Pole Vaulters Open 2004 Season High Above the Rest

Jan. 14, 2004

RENO, Nev. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's pole vault squads saw their first action of the 2004 indoor track & field season. Three women and three men traveled to Reno to compete with some of the best vaulters in the nation. The Arizona contingent fared quite well in both the college and elite sections.

Senior Connie Jerz led the way for the UA women. Jerz competed in the Elite Women's section and finished tied for ninth place with a best height of 13 feet, 2 � inches (4.02m).

Senior Juanita Braun started out the season on the right foot, finishing with an indoor personal best height of 12 feet, 9 � inches (3.90m). She finished second in her section. Braun's mark is just three quarters of an inch off of her personal best that she set at the 2003 NCAA West Regional (12-10 �, 3.92m).

Freshman April Kubishta began her collegiate career with a 12th-place finish in her section. Kubishta cleared a height of 11 feet, 7 � inches.

On the men's side, the Wildcats opened up the season with three high marks. Senior Chris Chappell is well on his way to another outstanding indoor season after finishing tied for 11th in his section with a height of 16 feet, 4 � inches (5.00m).

Sophomore Sam Jacobson finished in a fifth-place tie in his section after vaulting 15 feet, 1 inch (4.60m). Redshirt Freshman Adam Zimnisky won his section with a vault of 15 feet, 10 � inches (4.85m).

Braun, Chappell and Jerz all earned MPSF and Pac-10 qualifying marks, while Jerz also earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Next up for the Wildcat track & field teams is the Western Indoor Classic in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, January 24.

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