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Anonymous | Posted: 5 Mar 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Fisher Breaks BYU Pole Vault Record


SEATTLE -- Sophomore Rachel Fisher broke the BYU record for the pole vault with a vault of 4.26m (13-11.75) at the Washington Final Qualifier on Saturday.

"I was ecstatic when I saw that I had cleared the bar at 4.26m," Fisher said. "Going into the jump I knew it would qualify me for Nationals and that was the most important thing. Breaking the BYU record was just icing on the cake."

Fisher headed to the meet with hopes of moving up the national rankings and improved on her previous season best mark by 1.75 feet. She is currently ranked 10th on the NCAA descending order list and will qualify for the NCAA National Championships.

"I think our team can perform well at Nationals," Fisher said. "We are capable to finish in the top five if we all do what we know we can."

Junior Christen Botteron also competed in the pole vault in Washington on Saturday and finished fourth with a vault of 4.11m (13-5.75). Botteron’s season best mark of 4.22m (13-10.00) was ranked 14th in the nation coming into the day and may be good enough to qualify her for Nationals.

The Cougars will head to the NCAA Indoor National Championships in College Station, Texas on March 11-12 and will look to best their 14th place finish in 2010. BYU will have several athletes competing alongside Fisher, including the 2010 indoor 800m National runner-up Lacey Bleazard.


Kenny Cox | Posted: 3 Mar 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kenny Cox

Four Cougars Look to Improve Marks for Nationals


PROVO -- BYU’s track teams will be sending a four athletes to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana and the Washington Final Qualifier in Seattle this weekend in hopes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships next week.

Two distance runners for the men’s team will compete at the Notre Dame hosted invitational. Senior Nathan Ogden will compete in the 5000-meter while sophomore Travis Fuller will run the mile.

Ogden currently has the 29th best time in the 5000-meter in the NCAA’s this season with a 13:55.70. The senior will need to shave about seven seconds off his time to ensure the invite to nationals.

In the mile run, Fuller ran a season-best 4:02.79 at the Husky Classic and will look to run close to a sub-four minute time to qualify.

On the women's side, pole vaulters Christen Botteron and Rachel Fisher will head to the Washington Final Qualifier to try and improve their marks.

Botteron and Fisher are currently both ranked 14th in the nation with vaults of 4.22m (13-10.00).

The top 16 athletes in each event qualify for the National Championships.