May 30, 2009
Norman, Okla. -- Rice pole vaulter Jason Colwick, owner of the world's No. 2 pole vault mark, lived up to his billing in winning the NCAA Midwest Regional title at Oklahoma's John Jacobs Track and Field Complex. Colwick cleared 5.56m/18-2.75 to place ahead of Texas' Maston Wallace who cleared the same height, but had more misses.
This is Colwick's first-ever NCAA Midwest Regional title after placing second a year ago. It is also the sixth time this outdoor season that he has cleared the 18-feet mark. His season-best is 5.72m/18-9.25.
Colwick cleared his opening height of 5.36m/17-7on his first attempt and then passed on 5.46m/17-11. The sophomore from San Marcos, Texas, cleared 5.56m on his second attempt and then passed on 5.66 before missing his first attempt at 5.76 and passing on his final two tries.
Wallace cleared his opening height of 5.16m/16-11 and then cleared 5.26m/17-3 on his third and final try. He then passed on 5.36m/17-7 and 5.46m/17-11 before clearing 5.56m/18-2.75 on his third attempt.
Ugo Nduaguba placed eighth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 15.65m/51-4.26.