Feb. 6, 2009
Junior pole vaulter Jason Colwick set a Rice and meet record when he vaulted 5.60m/18-4.5 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. to win the event. The mark, achieved on his first attempt at that height, is an automatic NCAA qualifiying mark and ranks as the top vault in the country this season.
The previous meet record was held by LSU's Russ Buller who cleared 5.55m/18-2.5 in 2000. Colwick opended the meet by clearing 5.35m/17-5 on his first attempt, then passed at 5.4 and 5.45 meters before clearing 5.5m/18-2.5 to break his indoor school mark. He then passed at 5.55m before clearing 5.6m to win the event. He had taken sole possession of the school indoor record last weekend at the Houston Invitational with a vault of 5.40m/17-8.50.
His indoor vault also tops his best effort outdoors. He set the school outdoor mark with a vault of 5.50m/18-2.5 while winning the Texas Relays. Dating back to the start of the outdoor season, Colwick has now won the pole vault in his last six regular-season invitationals.
Colwick came into the 2009 season owning a share of the Rice indoor record of 5.26 m/17-3 originally set by Paul Bratloff in 1983 and tied by Colwick and teammate Shea Kearney at the Last Chance Invitational last year.