FAYETTEVILLE – Audie Wyatt equaled his indoor best to claim the Invitational pole vault title during the first day of the Tyson Invitational and became the latest Aggie to attempt 18 feet, 1 inch in an effort to break the Texas A&M indoor school record of 18-0 ½.
Wyatt’s winning height measured 17-9, which he cleared on his first attempt after needing three tries at his opening height of 17-5. Among his three vaults at 18-1, the second was the closest to becoming a make.
“My second attempt at 18-1 was the best, but on my third it felt better form-wise,” said Wyatt. “I was really consistent today in hitting my marks that I needed to, but the record lives another day.”
Finishing in third place with a clearance of 17-5 was Aggie teammate Chase Wolfle. Nick Meyer, a Kansas vaulter who is competing unattached this indoor season, placed second as he matched the 17-9 height that Wyatt cleared, but needed two attempts to get over the bar.
“17-5 was the highest I’ve ever opened with,” stated Wyatt. “I didn’t want to come in at 17-0 with everyone else, so I opted to come in at 17-5. It was a close call, but I ended up getting it on my third try.
“The school record will definitely go down at the SEC Championships. I think we’re all going to have our best day in the conference meet and hit our marks. We’ve been preparing for this for a long time. In practice we’ve been doing really well, now we just need to put it together during a meet and score some points.”
A clearance of 17-1 matched the season best by Carl Johansson as he finished third in the other pole vault section held at Tyson behind a 17-5 by Craig Driver of Nebraska and 17-1 from Missouri’s Matthew Ludwig. Johansson had one more miss than Ludwig at the opening height of 16-1 ¼ to separate them as they both cleared 16-7 ¼ on a first attempt and 17-1 on the second try.