March 9, 2008
Rice pole vaulters Jason Colwick and Shea Kearney tied the school indoor pole vaulting record while taking the top two spots at the Arkansas Last Chance meet at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville, Ark.
Colwick and Kearney each cleared 5.26 meters (17' 3") to tie the mark set by Paul Bratloff in 1983. Each vaulter matched the school mark on their second attempt at the height. Colwick was declared the winner based on fewer missed attempts. Both vaulters missed all three attempts at 5.36 meters (17' 6").
Owls volunteer vaulting coach David Butler said that despite the fact that Colwick and Kearney missed on meeting the automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Indoor Championships (5.50 meters), their results bode well for the upcoming outdoor campaign.
"Jason had struggled of late with his mechanics, and we're still not there, but all you need is to have things come together on one of three attempts at a height," Butler said. "What's really exciting is that you have a freshman (Kearney, who won the C-USA indoor title last weekend) and a sophomore (Colwick) who closed out their indoor season by tying a school record," he noted.
"This is a good way to move into the outdoor season," he added.