Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Katie Nageotte takes second at Drake Relays Vault at Capital Square...

DES MOINES, Iowa—For the tenth consecutive year, the Drake Relays took the elite pole vault to the people, staging an invitational competition inside an office building/mall, this time taking it to Capital Square in downtown Des Moines.

Pullman’s Katie Nageotte (left/photo courtesy Drake Relays) finished second Wednesday night in the Vault at Capital Square, with a clearance of 15-5 (4.70m)

Nageotte, who won her first USA national indoor championship in February, opened with a first attempt clearance at 14-9 (4.50m), then needed two tries to clear 15-1 (4.60m).

She then cleared 15-5 (4.70m) on her first attempt, then went out of the competition after three misses at 15-9 (4.80m).

2012 Olympic champion Jean Suhr was the only one in the field to make 15-9 and took the victory.  Reigning world indoor champion Sandi Morris was third behind Nageotte with a best of 15-5.

Complete results of the Drake Relays Vault at Capital Square are available here.


On Monday, USA Track & Field and the US Olympic Committee announced that Atlanta will host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon for both men and women.

Hosted by Atlanta Track Club as the local organizing committee, the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon will be held Feb. 29, 2020, and will take place in conjunction with the Atlanta Marathon, which will be held the following day. The top three female and male finishers in the Olympic Trials who have met qualifying performance standards will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

A city with a deep running and track & field legacy, Atlanta hosted the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships from 1994-2001, while Atlanta Track Club has emerged as one of the running industry’s leading organizations.

NOTE: The Drake Relays and USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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