May 28, 2004
WALNUT, Calif. -
Western Washington University's Danielle Juarez (Sr., Olympia/North Thurston) tied for eighth place in the women's pole vault Friday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships being held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
By placing among the top eight, Juarez earns All-America honors for the second time in outdoor competition and for the third time overall.
Juarez cleared the opening height of 11-7 3/4, but missed on each of her three tries at 12-1. She entered the meet ranked 10th nationally with a school-record effort of 12-2 3/4.
"She came in and competed well," said Western coach Pee Wee Halsell. "It's unfortunate that she couldn't get the next height. She had good attempts, but it just didn't happen. All in all, she's had a great collegiate career."
Juarez, who sat out last season with a knee injury, finished fifth at the 2002 national outdoor meet, clearing 12-2 on her third attempt. She also finished fifth at the NCAA II indoor nationals in mid-March with a mark of 12-0 to earn All-America recognition.
As a sophomore, Juarez placed ninth at the outdoor nationals.
This year, Juarez won the pole vault at both the Great Northwest Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor championships. She is the school record holder in both indoor (12-0) and outdoor competition.
Also representing Western at nationals is women's javelin thrower Stacey Hopkins (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake), who will compete Saturday at 12 noon.
Hopkins placed seventh last year with a mark of 146-7, and ranks 11th entering the competition with a mark of 145-4. She had a personal best throw of 148-4 in 2003.