Jan. 5, 2014
AKRON, Ohio – Three Stephen F. Austin pole vaulters opened the indoor track and field season this weekend at the Akron Pole Vault Convention and came away with strong performances.
Senior Colton Ross and freshman Daven Murphree were up against some of the nation’s top collegiate and professional talent in a special elite invitational on Saturday night. Ross finished fifth with his clearance of 5.35 meters (17-6.50) while Murphree posted a mark of 4.90 meters (16-00.75) in his collegiate debut to finish 12th.
Former vaulter for Oral Roberts and 2012 NCAA champion Jack Whitt won the men’s elite competition with a vault of 5.61 meters (18-4.75) to set a new facility record at Stile Athletics Field House in Akron.
On Sunday, junior Cameron Meyer was in action for SFA as well at the Akron Pole Vault Convention. Meyer cleared 5.02 meters (16-5.50) during an open pole vault competition. His clearance on his second attempt marked the 13th best performance of the weekend, including the elite competition. He finished in a tie for second in the open vault behind Jeff McClurg’s mark of 5.17m (16-11.50).
The SFA track and field team will be in full action this upcoming weekend in Houston at the Houston Indoor Open on Saturday. Field events are slated to start at 11 a.m. with running events set for 1 p.m. from Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Men’s Elite Pole Vault
5. Colton Ross, 5.35m/17-6.50
12. Daven Murphree, 4.90m/16-00.75
Men’s Open Pole Vault
T-2. Cameron Meyer, 5.02m/16-5.50
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