COLLEGE STATION, Texas - University of Akron freshman pole vaulter Lucy Bryan (Bristol, England) capped a brilliant rookie campaign registering the second-best jump (14-5.25/4.40m) in program history en route to placing fourth in the women's pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 11.
Bryan garnered first-team All-America accolades after equaling the third-best jump in the competition. Surpassing the opening height of 13-3.50 (4.05m) on her second run at the mark, Bryan then eclipsed 13-9.25 (4.20m) on her initial attempt. She then needed all three attempts to better 14-125 (4.30m).
Bryan then established a new career-best mark of 14-5.25 (4.40m) clearing the bar on her second attempt the height. She was unsuccessful on her three attempts at 14-7.25 (4.45m).
Akron finished tied in the men's team competition with nine points, while the women's squad placed 39th with five points.
"Lucy just kept coming back and making big bars," Akron head track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "She is a great competitor and she took fourth against a very competitive lineup, that included beating an Olympian. It was a great weekend for the Zips."
Her efforts concluded the indoor campaign for the Zips, who will open their outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays on March 24-25.
Jackie Siefring (4,084-12th); 60-Meter Hurdles: Jackie Siefring (8.76/13th); High Jump: Jackie Siefring (10th-5-4.25/1.63m); Shot Put: Jackie Siefring (9th-39-9.75/12.13m); Long Jump: Jackie Siefring (7th-19-3.50/5.88m); 800 Meters: Jackie Siefring (4th-2:16.72)