April 3, 2010
Austin, Texas - Rice pole vaulter Jason Colwick defended his Texas Relays title by clearing 5.71m/18-8.75. Last year, Colwick posted a career-best and the world's number two mark at 5.72m/18-9.25 for the win.
Colwick, from San Marcos, Texas, is the first three-time champion in the vault at this meet since Abilene Christian's Dale Jenkins won three in a row from 1983-85.
His 5.71m mark on Saturday is currently the third-best height in the world, behind Australia's Steven Hooker's marks of 5.91m/19-4.75 and 5.80m/19-0.25. Hooker, by the way, won the 2008 Beijing gold medal in the pole vault.
Rice will be at the UTEP Invitational next Saturday, April 10, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.