Friday, February 7, 2014

Thoirs goes over 18 feet in Albuquerque...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--University of Washington pole vaulter Jax Thoirs (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the pole vault Friday night at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the site of this year's NCAA indoor championship meet.

Thoirs cleared 18-0 1/2 (5.50m) on his first attempt to defeat Air Force alum Nick Frawley, who also cleared the same height, but on his second attempt.

With that jump, Thoirs, a native of Glasgow, Scotland joins former NCAA champs Brad Walker and Scott Roth as the only Huskies to clear 18 feet (5.50m) or better indoors, though he cleared 18-1 3/4 (5.53m) at the UW Purple/Gold intrasquad meet in December, which will not count for NCAA qualifying purposes.

In other action, senior Julian Bardwell broke his personal-best with a jump of 23-8 ¾ (7.23m), just a quarter of an inch out of the Husky top-10 list.

On the track, sophomore Quadelle Satterwhite roared to a sixth place finish in the men's 200, going 21.64.

The New Mexico Collegiate Classic resumes Saturday, as the Washington contingent has athletes in the jumps, sprints, and middle distance events.

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