Vaulting Into Battle


I don’t know how many of our readers have been following the national scene, but many track and field writers have been calling this year the “Year of the Vault” as both the men’s and women’s NCAA records in the pole vault have been continuously reset throughout the season.  Akron’s Shawn Barber has reset the NCAA record three times this season (it’s now up to 19-04 1/4), while Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne and Arkansas’ Sandi Morris both cleared 15-feet (a first for a collegiate female athlete) and have continued to battle each for the NCAA record.

Well, it looks like that theme has come to the Ivy League.

A few weeks ago, Princeton’s Adam Bragg set the Ivy record in the vault at 17-09 while make some SO-CLOSE clearances of over 18-feet.  Today, we learned through Twitter that Cornell sophomore Grant Sisserson exceeded that mark, clearing 17-11 at the Deneault Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. and taking the record away from Bragg.  The mark ties Sisserson with two other vaulters with the 13th best vault in the country this season, while Bragg’s mark drops Bragg to 17th best in the country (just outside of the top-16 required for NCAA qualification).

Both men will compete against each other again at Indoor Heps, battling for both the conference title and possibly the title of best vaulter in Ivy League history.

UPDATE: We missed this yesterday before we published this, but history was also made in the women’s pole vault.  Cornell’s Eve Bishop became the 3rd Ivy woman to clear 13-feet in the vault, joining Princeton’s Tory Worthen and Yale’s Molly Lederman in the club.  Bishop cleared 13-01 1/2 (or 4.00m) at the Deneault Invitational.

Meanwhile, at the Alex Wilson Invitational, Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski may just have booked her ticket for NCAAs in the 800m.  Barowski finished 2nd in the women’s 800m in 2:05.00, 5th best mark in Ivy history and currently ties her with the 9th best mark in the country.  The Columbia men’s DMR squad of Brendon Fish, Kevin Boyd, Connor Claflin, and Rob Napolitano will need some good luck in order to make it to Fayetteville, as their 7th place finish of 9:33.54 ranks them in the final relay qualification spot (12th).  The Harvard women’s DMR squad also improved from their seed time, running 11:18.73 to finish 10th at the meet.  Unfortunately, it might not be enough as their time is only ranks them 19th (the cutoff time is currently 11:07.83).

Other weekend results: Princeton Invitational and the USATF New England Championships

2 Responses to “Vaulting Into Battle”

  1. G-Man says:

    No disrespect to Barber of Akron or his monster vaults this season but Lawrence Johnson (UTenn) beat him to 19 feet as a collegian by about 20 years.