Alicia Rue Betters 13 Feet in Capturing Pole Vault Title


Freshman Alicia Rue became just the third Golden Gopher to better 13 feet in the pole vault in winning the event at the combination Meet of the Unsaintly / Minnesota Throws Meet event on Friday. The meet was co-hosted by Minnesota and Hamline.

Rue won the event clearing a height of 13 feet, 1/4 inch but since it was contested indoors due to rainy conditions, her mark does not qualify for outdoor standards.  The leap would have improved her NCAA regional qualifying mark as well as move her to No. 3 all-time on the outdoor list. The Gophers swept the top three places in the pole vault with Andrea Smith taking second (12-6 1/4) and Ashley Nord third (12-0 /12).

Liz Alabi was a double winner for the Gophers. Alabi, a senior who finished the last of her college coursework earlier in the day, won the hammer with a throw of 186-6 and the shot put with an effort of 48-9 1/2.

Four other Gophers captured event titles in the meet. Chioma Omega won the 200 meters (25.57), while Jessica Strong took first in the 400 meters (58.88). Megan Duwell crossed the finish line in the 1,500 meters in a winning time of 4:38.72. Liz Podominick added the title in the discus with a throw of 149-11.




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