Cal State Stanislaus’ Sian Morgan finished seventh in the women’s pole vault on Thursday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Mich.
Morgan, a senior, cleared a season best 12 feet, 91/2 inches, to reach the awards podium and qualify for All-America status. Morgan missed all three of her attempts at 13-11/2. Grand Valley State’s Kristen Hixon cleared 14-51/4 to secure the national title.
Between 2003 and 2011, 10 Warriors were All-American in the pole vault, with Chaunte Mitchell twice winning the national title (2004-05). The streak was snapped three years ago in Turlock, when Cal State Stanislaus hosted the championships.
The All-America honor was the second for Morgan this season. The first came in March with an eighth-place showing at the Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
In other events involving Stanislaus women, Courtney Anderson and Marina Vorderbruegge advanced to Saturday’s final in the 1,500 meters. Anderson qualified third overall in 4 minutes, 27.98 seconds. Vorderbruegge was eighth overall in 4:29.28. The final will be held at 2:45 p.m. (PDT).
Vorderbruegge will also compete in Friday’s 800 final (3:15 p.m.). Anderson will run in the 5,000 meters on Saturday (5:30 p.m.), and Channing Wilson will compete in the javelin final (11 a.m.).
Also on Thursday, Andrea Severson was 12th (1:01.33) in the 400 hurdles while Rachel Naranjo was 13th (10:57.28) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Neither advanced.
For the men, Stanislaus senior Josh Uikilifi finished one spot shy of the medal stand in the hammer, placing ninth at 192-11. Sophomore Deon Pinder finished 14th in the long jump at 23-71/2.
Both will compete Saturday, Pinder in the triple jump at 1:45 p.m. and Uikilifi in the shot put at 11:15 a.m. Also throwing Saturday is Billy Hilton in the javelin at 8 a.m. He is ranked third. Abraham Alvarado runs in the 800 meters Friday at 3 p.m.