May 25, 2012
Austin - Senior pole vaulter Cleona Oliver cleared the second-highest bar in her career during Friday's action at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, but did not rank among the top 12 that advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Oliver cleared 3.92m/12-10.25 and tied for 20th in competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. Her career-best came on May 4 when she cleared 3.98m/13-0.75 in winning Sam Houston State's Bearkat Twilight.
"I am very proud of Cleona as she went out at her highest height," said Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "She was a six-time Conference USA medalist and has been a tremendous asset to our program and she joined an elite group of 13' vaulters this spring. Cleona is also our very first women's track and field athlete headed to dental school."
She went up and over the opening height of 3.77m/12-4.25 on the first attempt and then cleared 3.92m/12-10.25 on her third and final try. Oliver exited competition at 4.07m/13-4.25 after missing on three attempts.
Bethany Buell (South Dakota), Katerina Stefanidi (Stanford), Tina Sutej (Arkansas), and Logan Miller (Washington) all tied for first place with a height of 4.17m/13-8.25.