March 13, 2009
Rice junior Jason Colwick will take on the top pole vaulters in the collegiate ranks on Friday as the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships get underway at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at McFerrin Athletic Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.
Competition in the pole vault finals will begin at 4:30. Some portions of the NCAA Indoor Championships will be available live on EPSN360 or on NCAAsports.com. Live results from the meet are available online
Colwick enters the competition ranked first in nation with his school-record vault of 5.61m/18-4.75 that came at the very same venue on February 14 during the Texas A&M Invitational. It marked the second time during the 2009 indoor season that Colwick had topped 18 feet, becoming the first vaulter in Conference USA history to top that height. It was the third time this season that Colwick had broken the school record that had been sent by Paul Brattlof in 1983.
Colwick will be looking to join Bratloff (1982) as Rice's second indoor All American in the men's pole vault. Beth Hinshaw earned the honor in the women's championship in 2004 by placing seventh. Outdoors, six Owls have combined to earn 14 All-American rankings in the event, most recently by Rachel Greff in 2008.
Rice has produced four NCAA pole vault champions at the outdoor meet. Dave Roberts won three consecutive titles from 1971-73 while Fred Hansen captured the NCAA title in 1962. Overall, Rice has produced four individual champions at the NCAA Men's Indoor, including Kareem Streete-Thompson in the long jump in 1995; Gabriel Luke in the 400 meters in both 1990 and 1991; and Gawain Guy in the 10,000 meters in 1985. Allison Beckford is the Owl to win an NCAA Indoor title, taking the 400 meters in 2002.
Colwick will be joined in competition on Friday by senior Lennie Waite, who will compete in the preliminaries of the women's mile at 4:00. The finals for the women's mile will start at 5:00 on Saturday. Waite will also run in the women's 3000 meters on Saturday, which is scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m.