June 9, 2009
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has honored junior track and field athlete Jason Colwick as its South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year for the 2009 outdoor season. Colwick, a pole vaulter from San Marcos, Texas, owns the world's No. 2 and the NCAA's No. 1 mark at 5.72m/18-9.25 set while winning the Texas Relays. He most recently captured the NCAA Midwest Regional gold medal with a winning height of 5.56/18-2.75 in Norman, Okla.
His second highest vault of the season occurred when he won the Texas Invitational with a mark of 5.70m/18-8.25. He has cleared the 18-foot mark six times including 5.52m/18-1.25 (Rice All Comers) and 5.50m/18-0.5 (Texas Twilight & J. Fred Duckett/Rice Twilight).
Colwick is in Fayetteville, Ark., preparing for Wednesday's first day of pole vault competition at the 88th NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship.