AUSTIN, Texas - Sometimes the wait just makes it that much sweeter. Enduring a rain delay of over six hours on a day of track that stretched past midnight, the Husky track team enjoyed some outstanding late night efforts, with five Huskies punching their tickets to Eugene and the NCAA final site, four for the first time in their careers.
The women’s pole vault began at 1 p.m. local time and did not wrap up until after 11 p.m. with the rain delay factored in. Senior Logan Miller and redshirt freshman Kristina Owsinski remained in the mix throughout. Owsinski, in her first NCAA Prelims, and coming off a third-place finish at Pac-12s, had clutch third attempt clearances at both 12-8 and 13-1 ¾ while Miller was over those heights on her first tries.
With the bar up to 13-5 ¾ and 17 vaulters remaining, Owsinski knew she would need to make that height to get into the top-12. It would have been a new PR, and today it was just out of reach, as she missed her three tries. Miller, however, showed the veteran savvy that earned her the school record last season and fourth at the NCAA finals. Despite a tougher senior season due largely to a foot injury, Miller came through again today, getting over 13-5 ¾ on her second jump to make her third straight NCAA Outdoor Championships. more