Women’s track jumps into spring


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Junior Sydney Haase finishes second in the pole vault at the MSSU Lion Invite on Feb. 2, 2013.

The Lions started the outdoor season without missing a beat.

Junior vaulter Sydney Haase took home a provisional and first place with a height of 11-10.5 in the pole vault, a height that places her first in the MIAA and seventh in Division II.

Sophomores Melanie Bower and Ashleigh McFarland  followed in third and fifth place, respectively.

“That was the first time vaulting outdoors the season, no practice or anything … So, it was a little different,” said Haase.

“We had to adjust to the wind, I wasn’t expecting to do that well. I was pretty pleased for it being our first meet.”

Freshman jumper Brittani Reagan earned second place in the long jump with a distance of 18-7, followed by Taitum Mead, Kaylee Morgan and Shelby Newell in fifth, sixth and ninth place, respectively.

Reagan also picked up a fourth place finish and a provisional in the triple jump with a distance of 39-8.75

“One of our goals is to get more people to the national meet,” Head Coach Patty Vavra said.

“But, first we’d like to have a nice conference finish. We were able to accomplish that goal very well in the indoor season.”

Junior jumper Whitney Hardy placed second in the high jump with a height of 55.75 followed by Shelby Sutherland and Taylor Alumbaugh in sixth place.

“There’s always challenges. They differ from season to season and sometimes from week to week, but one of the things I’ve always been really happy about is that this team, is that it seems like when the difficulties occur it seems like the others realize that someone has to step up and make up for it,” Vavra said.