March 10, 2010
Senior Jason Colwick is set to defend his NCAA Indoor pole vault title this Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. Competition gets underway at 6:25 p.m. (Central) at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center. Colwick won the 2010 Conference USA Indoor pole vault championship with a meet record mark of 5.36m/17-7 on his first attempt.
A mechanical engineering major, Colwick set a Rice record when he vaulted 5.67m/18-7.25 at the 2010 Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. That mark is the NCAA number-two mark, as well as the third-best mark by an American for 2010. Washington's Scott Roth holds the NCAA and top American mark at 5.72m/18-9.25 (Feb. 26).
Colwick won the NCAA Indoor title last year College Station, Texas, by clearing 5.60m/18-4.25 on his first attempt. The San Marcos, Texas, native then won the NCAA Outdoor pole vault championship with a winning height of 5.70m/18-8.25 at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field. He became the Owls first NCAA indoor pole vault champion and was Rice's first male NCAA indoor champion since Kareem Streete-Thompson won the long jump in 1995.
He also became Rice's first NCAA Outdoor champion since Ryan Harlan won the 2004 decathlon with a school record 8,171 points. Colwick is also the school's first outdoor pole vault title winner since Dave Roberts won in 1971 (17-6.5), 1972 (17-3), and 1973 (17-4).