March 12, 2010
Fayetteville, Ark. - Rice University pole vaulter Jason Colwick placed second at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship and earned All-America status. Washington's Scott Roth won the competition by clearing 5.60m/18-4.5.
It was a two-man battle with Rice's Colwick and Washington's Roth after Indiana?s Jeff Coover bowed out at 5.55m/18-2.5 after missing at 5.50m/18-0.5
Colwick, from San Marcos, Texas, entered the competition at 5.50m/18-0.5 and promptly cleared the height on his first attempt. He then passed on heights at 5.55m/18-2.5 and 5.60m/18-4.5.
Roth, a junior, cleared 5.35m/17-6.5 on his second attempt and then cleared 5.50m/18-0.5 on his first attempt. He then passed on 5.55m/18-2.5 and missed his first two tries at 5.60m/18-4.5 before making his third attempt.
At 5.65m/18-6.5 Colwick missed his first attempt and passed on his final two attempts. The bar then moved to 5.70.18-8.25 and both Roth and Colwick missed on their first two attempts. Colwick had to clear his second try at 5.70 to take over first but did not clear the height. Roth was the winner by virtue of his clearing 5.60m.
Colwick won the NCAA Indoor title last year in College Station, Texas, by clearing 5.60m/18-4.25 on his first attempt. The San Marcos, Texas, native then won the NCAA Outdoor pole vault championship with a winning height of 5.70m/18-8.25 at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field. He became the Owls first NCAA indoor pole vault champion and was Rice's first male NCAA indoor champion since Kareem Streete-Thompson won the long jump in 1995.
He also became Rice's first NCAA Outdoor champion since Ryan Harlan won the 2004
decathlon with a school record 8,171 points. Colwick is also the school's first outdoor pole vault title winner since Dave Roberts won in 1971 (17-6.5), 1972 (17-3), and 1973 (17-4).