EUGENE, Ore. – Wrapping up the final day of the United States Track & Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., rising senior Megan Clark finished seventh in the women’s pole vault Sunday after clearing 14-9.00 (4.50m) on a jump-off to match the best vault of her career. In her debut at the USATF Championships last season, Clark placed tied for sixth with a vault of 14-1.25 (4.30m).
Clark, a Fort Benning, Ga., product, was one of 11 vaulters to clear 14-5.25 or better, but she was able to separate herself from the competition by passing the first two heights on her first attempts. Clark opened the meet by soaring over 13-11.25 (4.25m), then cleared 14-5.25 flawlessly. Taking to the runway with the bar set at 14-9.00 (4.50m), a personal best she set at both the NCAA Indoor Championships and the Duke Invitational during the outdoor season, Clark was unable to clear on her three tries. Sharing seventh place with Melinda Withrow and Becky Holliday, Clark came back strong in a jump-off to break the three-way tie, claiming sole possession of seventh with a successful clearance of 14-9.00.
Next up for Duke, rising junior Madeline Kopp will compete in both the 400 and 4×400 at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea, July 3-14. Kopp will begin the international competition Wednesday, July 8 in the preliminary heats of the 400. The semifinals and finals will run July 9 and 10, followed by the prelims and finals of the 4×400 July 11 and 12, respectively.