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Thoirs Vaults Into NCAA Position In New Mexico

Feb 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Competing in the same facility that will hold the NCAA Indoor Championships in just a month’s time, sophomore Jax Thoirs got a good test run and put himself in position to return for that national meet as he cleared 18-feet, 0.5-inches to win the pole vault tonight. Thoirs’ strong vault was the highlight on the first of the two-day New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the AlbuquerqueConvention Center.

Thoirs won the pole vault with his first 18-foot clearance during the collegiate season, after he made that bar once over the past summer. He cleared 18-0 ½ on his first attempt, then passed up to 18-4 ½ but was unable to clear that height. Thoirs joins former NCAA Champions Brad Walker and Scott Roth as the only Huskies to clear 18-feet indoors, as he now ranks third in school history. Thoirs moves up to a tie for fourth in the NCAA this season, with the top-16 earning a spot at NCAAs.

Junior J.J. Juilfs also went 16-6 ¾ in the pole vault this evening. In the long jump, senior Julian Bardwell broke his personal-best with a jump of 23-8 ¾, just a quarter of an inch out of the Husky top-10 list.

The 200-meters was one of the main track events of the evening. All three Husky women set personal-bests led by a 24.67 from junior Gianna Woodruff that moves her from seventh up to fifth on the indoor top-10 list. Classmate Haley Jacobson also moved into the top-10 for the first time with a 25.08, which puts her ninth. Sophomore Krista Armstead also ran nearly half a second faster than just a week ago, as she went 25.16 tonight.

Sophomore Quadelle Satterwhite had the top Husky time in the men’s 200-meters, going 21.64, which exactly matches his season-best. That was good for sixth-place overall. Sophomore Travis Marshall clocked 22.42 and freshman Andrew Brown ran 22.37.