Brown wins national title in men's pole vault
March 13, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Western Washington University's Ryan Brown (Jr., Bellingham/Squalicum) cleared 16-11 (5.16 meters) to win the men's pole vault at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships which concluded Saturday at Albuquerque, NM.
Brown, who entered the competition as the national leader with a mark of 17-1 1/2 (5.22 meters), won on number of misses over Dan Novak of Minnesota State Mankato.
Both cleared their first height of 15-7 1/4 on the first attempt. Brown made 15-11 1/4 on his first try and Novak on his second, then both cleared on their second attempts at 16-3 1/4 and made 16-7 1/4 on their first tries. Brown then hit 16-11 on his first attempt and Novak on his second and both missed three times at 17-3.
"I came in feeling very good," said Brown. "I felt comfortable coming into it (winning vault), I got off the ground really well, and it was a good clean jump.
"I knew coming in that I had a target on my back, but the main thing I focused on was to keep my head into jumping and do as well as I could."
Brown becomes Western's 10th track and field individual national event champion and the second to accomplish that indoors. He placed 13th at nationals last year at 15-11.
The Vikings' Sarah Porter (Jr., Hockinson) placed fourth in the women's 5,000 meters with a 17:26.05 clocking. Just seven seconds separated the top seven runners.
The finish gave Porter All-America honors for the second straight year in that event by placing among the top eight. She was sixth in 2009.
The women's 4x400 relay of Ellie Siler (So., Spokane/Lewis & Clark), Michelle Howe (Jr., Lakewood), Megan O'Connell (Jr., Sammamish/Skyline), and Sarah Brownell (Jr., Yelm) also finished fourth in a school-record time of 3:48.67. Western ranked ninth nationally coming into the meet.
Emily Warman (So., Sedro-Woolley), the defending national champion in the women's triple jump, placed 10th with a mark of 38-6 1/4 (11.74). Jordan Welling (Jr., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) finished 12th in the men's 5,000 with a clocking of 15:46.73.
On Friday, Western's women's distance medley relay placed seventh in 12:02.32. Making up that quartet were Courtney Olsen (Sr., Bellingham/Squalicum), O'Connell, Rachael Johnson (Jr., Yakima/West Valley) and Porter.
Warman placed 11th in the women's long jump with a mark of 18-2 1/2 (5.55), and Anthony Tomsich (Sr., Fairbanks, AK/West Valley) finished sixth in his heat of the men's mile with a time of 4:18.69 and did not advance to the final.
In the team standings,the men tied for 14th with 10 points and the women tied for 16th with 12 points.
Adams State, Lincoln (Mo.) Win NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship Titles
Adams State College won their first ever NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship with a team score of 89 points, 17 more than second place St. Augustine's. Lincoln earned their second straight women's national title and their fourth overall after notching 56 points, just nine more than second place finishers Ashland and Grand Valley State. The 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships were held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and were hosted by Adams State College.
Central Missouri totaled 18 points in the men's heptathlon, with sophomore Darius Walker earning 10 of those 18 points. Walker earned 5,377 points in the seven events over the past two days. He won the 60 meter dash in 6.97 on Friday, and finished second yesterday in the long jump (6.98 meters) and the 1,000 meter run today (2:49.11). Teammates Brent Vogel finished fourth with 5,129 points and Shawn Boss earned 5,003 points for sixth place. In the women's pentathlon, the Huskies Heather Miller of St. Cloud State took home the individual championship with 3,993 points, just 69 points ahead of the USTFCCCA South Central Field Athlete of the Year Lindsay Lettow of Central Missouri. Of the five pentathlon events, Miller won the long jump (5.91 meters), had the second best high jump mark (1.64), placed third in the 800 meter run (2:18.74), and fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.70) and shot put (10.67 meters). She was named the 2010 Central Region Field Athlete of the Year after scoring a then Division II-best pentathlon mark with 3,910 points, which broke the conference and school records.
Junior Kurt Roberts of Ashland, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year, set a new meet record in the shot put as he recorded a throw of 19.80 meters (64-11 ½), breaking the 2006 mark of 19.60 meters which was set by Ashland's Bryan Vickers. Ashland continued its success in the field events as Abby Kascandi won the high jump (1.77 meters, 5-0 ¾).
Seattle Pacific's Jessica Pixler became a four-time champion in the mile run with a winning time of 4:46.42. The USTFCCCA West Region Track Athlete of the Year, Pixler also ran the mile leg of the winning Distance Medley Relay team Friday night. Adams State picked up 33 points in the mile run as they had the five top finishers. Aaron Braun, the USTFCCCA Central Region Track Athlete of the Year, ran a time of 4:07.44 to become the individual champion, followed by Ryan McNiff (4:07.47), Reuben Mwei (4:08.24), Brian Medigovich (4:08.41) and Anthony Gauthier (4:08.96).
Ashland's Steph Tinney, the GLIAC Female Runner of the Year and the USTFFCCCA Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year, won the 400 meter dash in 54.73, while the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year Josh Scott of St. Augustine's set a new meet record (46.05). Scott came into the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 200 meters the 400 meters.
Lincoln's Semony Hackett (7.24) and Janika Martell (7.38) took first and third place to gain 16 points in the 60 meter dash. Hackett, the USTFCCCA South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year, set a new meet record, breaking Barbara Pierre's 2009 record of 7.29. Pierre, the USTFCCCA co-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year, finished second this year, .04 behind Hackett. Kimour Bruce and Ravel Grey of Lincoln finished one-two in the 60 meter dash to score 18 more points. Bruce ran 6.66 and Grey, a freshman, ran 6.72.
Ryan Brown of Western Washington cleared 5.16 meters (16-11.00) to win the pole vault. Brown entered the NCAA Indoor Championships as the nation's top pole vaulter and the USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year. Abilene Christian's Ramon Sparks jumped 15.93 meters (52-03.25) to earn the individual champion honors in the triple jump.
Anja Puc added 10 points for Nebraska-Omaha after she won the 800 meter run in 2:07.14. Minnesota State, Mankato's Denise Mokaya finished first in 1:51.55, .83 ahead of Queens' Nelson Mwangi.
Adams State's Indira Spence set a new meet record in the 60 meter hurdles. Her time of 8.05 broke the mark of 8.07 set by Shermaine Williams of Johnson C. Smith last year. Spence, the USTFCCCA Central Region Track Athlete of the Year, ran the fastest time in Division II and the second fastest time in the NCAA overall. Pittsburg State's Jeremy Jackson, the USTFCCCA South Central Region and MIAA Track Athlete of the Year, won the men's 60 meter hurdles in 7.83.
Lincoln's Hackett and St. Augustine's Scott both became dual meet winners after they each won the 200 meter dash. Hackett, who won the 60 meter dash earlier in the day, set her second meet record of the championships when she ran 23.32, besting the previous mark of 23.56 set by Davita Prendergast of Lincoln in 2007. Scott also recorded a new meet record in the men's 200 meter dash. He finished the race in 20.91 after winning the 400 meter dash earlier in the day.
Sophomore Kelly Ash threw the shot put 15.57 meters (51-01.00) to add 10 points to Ashland's women's team score. Ash, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year, is the only athlete to throw over 50 feet this year in Division II.
The USTFCCCA co-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year, Neely Spence of Shippensburg, won the women's 5,000 meter run in 17:19.98. Earlier this year the sophomore runner set a new PSAC record in the 5K with a time of 16:13.01. Adams State earned 32 out of a possible 39 points in the men's 5,000 meter run. Brian Medigovich won the overall race in 14:28.46.
Junior Nkeiruka Domike of Nebraska-Omaha became the women's triple jump individual champion after posting a jump of 12.86 meters (42-02.25).
The team of Michelle Cumberbatch, Nyoka Cole, Yanique Haye and Keniesha Jones from Lincoln won the fastest 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:40.98. Josh Scott helped St. Augustine's win the men's 4x400 meter relay in 3:11.80. It was Scott's third event championship title of the day.
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