By Jared Fields, Managing Editor
The ACU track and field team boasts the top pole vaulters in the nation after a record-setting weekend at Oklahoma Christian.
Angie Aguilar highlighted the weekend by setting a NCAA Division II record in the pole vault with a height of 13-7.00. She beat the record, set just one week earlier, by half an inch, or one centimeter.
“I’ve just been waiting for it to happen,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar now sets her focus on the indoor national meet in Boston on March 9-10. She wants to clear 14 feet at Boston, five inches higher than her current record.
“It’s exciting to go to a big meet like that and know there’s that kind of competition,” Aguilar said.
Another women’s pole vaulter, Elizabeth Buyse, set a personal best with a height of 12-6.00, which ranks her sixth in the nation and earned her a trip to Boston.
On the men’s side, Kyle Dennis’ jump of 17-0.75 made his height the top mark in the nation. Although his height is tops in Division II, Dennis is not satisfied.
“I’m hoping to go to nationals and jump 18 [feet],” Dennis said.
For now, Dennis said he’s trying to concentrate on nationals.
“There’s definitely a lot of pressure there, but I can’t think about it,” Dennis said. “Rightnow it hasn’t really hit me.”
Also at the meet, shot putter Kelli Clement earned a birth to the indoor national meet by improving her personal best by more than three feet with a throw of 46-6.75. Her throw ranks her 11th in the nation. With her continued improvement, Clement has high goals for Boston.
“The competition definitely makes me step up,” Clement said. “I want to score points for my team.”
Clement said adding a throw of between 47-48 feet “would be really nice.”
Liga Klavina improved her throw in the shot put with a distance of 46-10.25, ranking her seventh in the nation.
ACU will not compete in any meets before the NCAA Division II Indoor Championship in Boston on March 9-10.