lone Oral Roberts representative at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field
Championship, Jack Whitt claimed second in the pole vault on Friday at the
Randal Tyson Track Center.
Whitt moved up one
place from his third-place finish at the indoor championships a year ago, but
had higher hopes after winning the outdoor national championship. With the
finish, Whitt has now earned All-American honors six times and has never finished
lower than sixth at an NCAA Championship.
Passing at two of the
first three heights, Whitt cruised early on, missing just once on his first
five attempts, becoming one of just four people to clear 5.60m (18-4 ½). In
order to win, Whitt would have had to shatter his own school and Southland
record that he set two weeks ago at the Southland Conference Championships
With the defending
indoor champion from Arkansas, Andrew Irwin, getting stronger and clearing each
of the next two heights on his first attempt, Whitt had no choice but to pass
and wait for Irwin to miss. He finally did so at 18-10 ¼, which would be five
inches above the recent record so Whitt took to the runway again hoping his
strategy would pay off.
Whitt was unable to
clear the bar on his attempts, and took silver with a final height of 18-4 ½,
while Irwin successfully defended his indoor title at 18-8 ¼.
Whitt and the Golden
Eagles will now turn their attention to the outdoor season as they face Tulsa
on March 16 for the Tulsa Duels.