Feb. 4, 2011
Rice senior Ari Ince tied the school record by clearing 4.07m/13-4 to finish third in the pole vault at the Frank Sevigne Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Ince's vault bettered her previous personal best of 4.00m/13-1 ½ set last weekend at the Houston Invitational and matched the school mark set by Rachel Greff in 2008 while capturing the Conference USA Indoor title.
:"What a great achievement for Ari," Rice women's head coach Jim Bevan said. " She has been ahead in her training this year, all year and it was only a matter of time. I am excited for her now and excited at her prospects for the future. Cleona Oliver was also over 12' . That's great for her and once again, it is evidence of the great job that David Butler does for us," Bevan added.
Ince matched the record on her third and final attempt of the night and her final height matched that of Bethany Buell of South Dakota, who was awarded second place because of fewer misses. Natalie Willer of Nebraska won the event with a vault of 4.27m/14-00.
Ince's teammate, Cleona Oliver, cleared 3.67m/12-0 ½ to finish in a three-way tie for 11th.