RIce freshman Alec Hsu finished 13th in the pole vault at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. Hsu, who completed his freshman season for the Owls and posted a best in the vault of 5.22//17-1.5 in May, cleared 4.80/15-9 on his second attempt and then missed all three vaults at 4.90/16-0 3/4.
"This was a great learning experience for Alec," Rice vaulting coach David Butler said. "When you are young and placed in more stressful situations, you tend to revert back to old habits, and that's what happened to him today. He's still young, so this was an important step for him."
Teammate Jason Colwick will shoot for his first USTAF national title in the pole vault on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Live video is available by clicking here and there are also interviews posted. Results are availble by clicking the event on this page.