April 4, 2009
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Rice junior Jason Colwick, in his first outdoor competition, posted the world's second-best mark in capturing the pole vault event at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
Colwick, from San Marcos, Texas, vaulted his winning height of 5.72m/18-9.25 on his first attempt in front of 22,000 onlookers at Myers Stadium. He then missed all three tries at 5.82m/19-1.
"Jason performed very well against a strong field," said Rice head track and field coach Jon Warren. "He made it look surprisingly easy and he probably can go higher."
His winning mark surpasses his school record of 5.55/18-2.5 set at last year's Texas Relays.
The high flyer began the day passing on heights at 5.05m, 5.20m, and 5.30m. He then cleared 5.40m on his first attempt, passed at 5.50m, and missed his first attempt at 5.55m before clearing it. He then cleared his first try at 5.60m before going over 5.72m.
"I feel amazingly good," commented Colwick. "This is new territory for me, the runways here at the Texas Relays are great and there was good weather today."
In his last competition on March 13, Colwick won the 2009 NCAA indoor title in College Station, Texas, with a mark of 5.60m/18-4.5
The World's Top 2009 Outdoor Pole Vault marks
5.95 Steven Hooker, Australia, 2/28/2009
5.72 Jason Colwick, Rice Univ., 4/4/2009
5.70 Paul Burgess, Australia, 1/11/2009
5.60 Evgeniy Lukyanenko, Russia, 3/5, 2009
5.53 Aleksandr Averbukh, Israel, 1/29/2009
5.50 Lázaro Borges, Cuba, 2/27/2009
5.46 João Gabriel Sousa, Brazil, 3/28/2009
5.45 Blake Lucas, Australia, 3/20/2009
5.45 Germán Chiaraviglio, Argentina, 3/24/2009