Audie Wyatt wins Invitational pole vault, challenges A&M record at Tyson Invite

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.





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