EMU - Newman Places 12th at NCAA Indoor Championships
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (EMUEagles.com) – Eastern Michigan University women's track and field member Alysha Newman finished 12th in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., March 9.
Coming into the meet ranked with the 15th-best mark nationally, Newman leaped 13-feet 5.25-inches (4.10 meters) to round out her debut indoor season for the Green and White and place as the 12th-best pole vaulter in the nation. Natalia Bartnovskaya of Kansas University won the event with a vault of 14-feet 7.25-inches (4.45 meters).
This mark at the NCAA Championships is the second-best of Newman's EMU career. The Delaware, Ontario native's best jump came at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Bob Parks Track, Feb. 22-23, where she claimed the conference crown with a school record leap of 13-feet 10.50-inches (4.23 meters). The First Team All-MAC selection also set a Canadian Junior National record during the meet.
The freshman competed in nine meets during the indoor season, taking home six top-3 finishes, including a pair of victories. By winning an individual title in the pole vault at the MAC Championships, Newman helped lead EMU to a runner-up finish as a team.
The Eagles will have a couple of weeks off to prepare for the outdoor track and field season. EMU will begins its outdoor campaign with the Standford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., March 29-30, and the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, March 30.
12. Newman, 13-feet 05.25-inches (4.10 meters)