Tyson Byers Third in Pole Vault at NCAA Indoor Track Championships

March 9, 2007


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University's Tyson Byers finished third in the men's pole vault during the first day of competition at the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus.

Byers, a fifth-year senior from Spokane Valley, Wash., cleared a lifetime-best height of 18-feet, 1/2 inch (5.50m) for third place and All-America honors. It was the second time Byers had reached a PR at a national championship as his previous WSU-best of 17-8 1/2 (5.40m) came at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships where he finished fifth.

'I felt like it was about time this year that I put it together,' Byers said after the competition concluded. 'I had plenty of height on all the bars, it was just a matter of me hitting the takeoff. After I cleared 18-feet on my third attempt, it was my eighth bar and so my legs were a little tired for the next bar at 18-4 1/2 (5.60m). On my last attempt at 18-4 1/2, it was a real good attempt, and I had the height, I just came down a little bit. With fresher legs I would have had it.'

At the opening height of 16-10 3/4, Byers missed his first attempt but cleared on his second try. He cleared the bar at 17-4 1/2 on the first attempt but then has a miss before his clearance with the bar raised to 17-8 1/2, his previous PR. Byers needed all three attempts at the height of 18-0 1/2.

The men's pole vault winner was Brad Gebauer, a senior from McNeese State, and the runner-up was senior Rory Quiller from Binghampton-SUNY, both also clearing 18-0 1/2. The top three places were determined by earlier missed attempts. Byers' placing gave WSU six points in the men's team standings.

By clearing 18-0 1/2, Byers moved from third to second on the WSU all-time men's pole vault list, tying Patrik Johansson's 1989 effort of 18-0 1/2 at Oslo, Norway. Christos Pallakis owns the school pole vault record after clearing a height of 18-6 1/2 indoors in Barcelona in 1995.

Cougars Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler will compete in the women's pentathlon during the second day of the NCAA Indoor Track Championships Saturday.

Now on Pac-12 Network
1:00 PM PT

Airing on:

  • Pac-12 Network
Get Pac-12 Networks
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder