Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thoirs named to Scottish Commonwealth Games team...

In a press release posted by Scottish Athletics Thursday, Scottish Athletics officially named University of Washington pole vaulter Jax Thoirs (left/photo by Paul Merca) to its squad that will compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in late July.

"I want to personally congratulate all those selected and I’m sure those good wishes comes from everyone at Scottish Athletics and indeed all those associated with athletics in Scotland," said chief executive Nigel Holl of Scottish Athletics.

"It is a large team and one we feel can represent Scotland in the right way".

"'Perform on the day,' is a key message from us and that's what the performance team and individual coaches will be working on now with each and every one of these athletes."

This season, Thoirs finished eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA indoor championships, and won the Pac-12 title.  He cleared a lifetime best of 18-4 1/2 (5.60m) at the Ken Shannon Invitational in Seattle last month.

Thoirs finished 13th at the NCAA outdoor championship meet in Eugene Wednesday, clearing a best of 17-8 1/2 (5.40m). After missing twice at 18-0 1/2 (5.50m), the Scottish national record holder gambled by passing his last attempt to go for a do-or-die attempt at 18-2 1/2 (5.55m) that would have put him in at least a tie for third.

The track & field portion of the Commonwealth Games will be contested July 27-August 2nd at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

NOTE:  Scottish Athletics contributed to this report.

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