May 5, 2009
Rice University junior pole vaulter Jason Colwick (San Marcos, Texas) has been named as the Conference USA Athlete of the Week. On Saturday, Colwick recorded his second-highest vault of the outdoor season when he cleared a winning 5.70m (18-08.25) at the Texas Twilight in Austin, Texas. This mark ties for third-best in the world and he now holds the top-two marks by an American. He previous vault of 5.72m (18-09.25) at the Texas Relays remains No. 2 in the world for 2009.
On Wednesday at the J.Fred Duckett/Rice Twilight, Colwick won the event by clearing 5.50m (18-00.5). He has now cleared 18 feet four times this outdoor season. This is Colwick's third time receiving at least a share of the weekly award this season.