Dempsey Indoor Track Arena
3800 Montlake Blvd Seattle WA 98105
SEATTLE, Wash. – Senior pole vaulter Rachel Fisher finished fifth at the UW Final Qualifier on Friday in her last shot to qualify for nationals. She finished with a mark of 3.94 meters.
In order to qualify, Fisher and the other athletes needed to reach 4.24m in the height progression, but none of the athletes were able to clear it. San Diego State's Kristen Brown finished first with a mark of 4.09m.
“I thought Rachel did well tonight," pole vault coach Elbert Pratt said. "She has had to overcome some obstacles this year, and in order to reach new heights, I think it's a matter of improving her swing and getting back a little more vertical. She's very close and is in a good place for the outdoor season."
Fisher's personal best vault is 4.26m, which she cleared at the 2011 UW Final Qualifier. She also broke the BYU all-time pole vault record with the height but currently ranks second.
Results from the pole vault at the UW Final Qualifier can be found here.
The final event of the 2013 indoor season is the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will take place March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. Junior 800-meter runner Kelsey Brown is the sole member of the women's track team to attend the meet.
Rachel Fisher fights for shot at Nationals
PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s track and field athlete Rachel Fisher heads back to Washington this weekend for the UW Final Qualifier for one last chance to compete at Nationals.
The UW Final Qualifier in one of the smallest and quickest meets held this year at the Dempsey Indoor Track, as teams will only send a handful of athletes with realistic chances of making it to Nationals.
“Rachel has an excellent chance in vaulting high enough to qualify,” head coach Patrick Shane said. “In the past, we have typically had a lot of success at this meet. A good percentage of our athletes end up qualifying, and we have high expectations for Rachel as well.”
Prior to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Fisher finished first in four out of her five meets. During the Cherry and Silver Invitational as well as the Armory Collegiate Invitational, she vaulted 4.10 meters, a height she has not reached since competing in the BYU Indoor Invitational in 2012.
Live results can be found at GoHuskies.com/livestats. The meet will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. PST.