April 5, 2008
Rice sophomore Jason Colwick erased the oldest school record on the books on Saturday when he captured the Texas Relays pole vault title with a winning vault of 5.55 meters (18-2 ½) at Mike Meyers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Colwick, who had established a personal record of 5.35 meters (17-6 ½) while competing at the same facility two weeks ago in the Texas Invitational, broke Dave Roberts' 1972 mark of 5.49 meters (18-0 ¼) on his first attempt. Mitch Greeley of Clemson missed three attempts at 5.50 to give Colwick the individual title.
Roberts was the first three-time NCAA pole vault champion (1971-73) while at Rice and he went on to twice set the world record as well as win the U.S. national title in 1974. He went on to capture a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, become the Owls' second Olympic medalist in the vault. Fred Hansen won gold in the event in 1964.