DURHAM, N.C. – Senior pole vaulter Megan Clark showed that she was already in mid-season form this past Friday at the season-opening Carolina Cup, and the conference office recognized her efforts by tabbing her the ACC Women’s Indoor Field Performer of the Week Tuesday afternoon. The honor marks the first of the season for Clark and the third weekly indoor accolade of her career.
Competing at Eddie Smith Field House on the University of North Carolina’s campus, Clark finished head and shoulders above the rest of the field, placing first with a clearance of 14-3.25 (4.35m) and an eight-inch gap between her and the next closest competitor. The victory marks the second straight year the Fort Benning, Ga., product captured first in the event, improving on her winning vault of 13-3.75 (4.06m) in 2015.
One of the most talented pole vaulters to ever don a Duke uniform, Clark currently holds both the indoor and outdoor women’s pole vault records, clearing 14-9.00 (4.50m) at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships to place second and posting an identical 14-9.00 performance during the 2015 outdoor season at the Duke Invitational.
Clark recently added another meet to her final collegiate indoor season, receiving an invitation to compete in the 109th Millrose Games, the world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track & field competition. This will mark Clark’s second consecutive trip to the Millrose Games, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 20 and will showcase the top collegiate and professional athletes from across the track & field landscape.
Next up for the Blue Devil track & field teams, the multi-event athletes will return to Eddie Smith Field House for the Tar Heel Multi-Events Jan. 21-22, while Clark and the rest of the team will head north to Blacksburg, Va., to compete at the Hokie Invitational Jan. 22-23.