Cal State Stanislaus pole vaulter Morgan seventh at NCAA Outdoor championships

Bee Staff ReportsMay 22, 2014 

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.

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