On Feb. 25, 2017, for the fourth time in the last five years, Slippery Rock University won both the men and women’s indoor conference pole vault titles.
Since 2009, The Rock has had at least one Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) pole vault champion every year. That kind of sustained success is hard to come by in collegiate athletics. For every Division-I football dynasty school, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of college teams that recruit a good athlete and are good for a few years, then struggle in four years once that athlete graduates. The constant roster turnover is one of the hardest parts of college athletics.