Pillow Climbs to 4th in Nation with Winning Vault
Feb. 21, 2015
BLACKSBURG, VA - Rice All-American senior vaulter Chris Pillow won his third pole vault event of the indoor season, and sixth of his career, with a personal-best vault of 5.56m (18-02.75) at the Virginia Tech Challenge Saturday afternoon.
Pillow defeated Virginia Tech's Chris Uhle (second place, 5.41m) with a height that moves him into sole possession of fourth place in the entire NCAA and No. 26 in the world. The Mechanicsville, VA native returned to his home state and shattered his previous best mark of 5.52m, which he had set the week before by winning at the Houston Tune-Up.
The senior now trails only Akron's Shawn Barber (5.90m), Arkansas' Andrew Irvin (5.75m) and Tennessee's Jake Blankenship (5.70m) for the top vaults in the nation this season.
Pillow and the rest of the Owls will now have three days off before they travel to Birmingham, AL to compete at the C-USA Indoor Championships.