MARION – A pair of Marion County standouts completed stellar seasons in women’s pole vaulting.
Harding graduate Taylor Lindsey turned in an All-American performance, while River Valley grad Savannah Amato set a high bar as a freshman at NCAA Division I Austin Peay.
Lindsey, a senior at Otterbein, ended in the top eight to earn All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Waverly, Iowa, last week. Of the 22 pole vaulters competing, Lindsey finished seventh with a personal-best and school-record vault of 12-feet-7.5. It was a mark she tied from a week earlier in finishing second at the All-Great Lakes Elite Meet.
Lindsey won the Ohio Athletic Conference title for the fourth time with a vault of 12-3.5 and improved on her 14th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships with a jump of 11-1.75.
“I’ve had some ups and down throughout my career, but I was ready to end things today on a high note,” Lindsey told Adam Prescott at OtterbeinCardinals.com. “There has been so much support from my coaches, teammates, friends and family. Today was such a great culmination to my journey at Otterbein.”
A four-time national qualifier in outdoor track, Lindsay became the 12th All-American in women’s track and field at Otterbein. She finished 11th, 14th and 16th in previous outdoor nationals.
As for Amato, she reached her initial goals at the Tennessee university.
She set a career record at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in winning the title with a leap of 13-3. She also won two other meets this spring, going 12-4 at the Missouri State Invitational and 12-8.5 at the 2016 Govs Invitational. She bested her mark of 12-6 set during the winter indoor season.
Amato qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary, but could not make the opening height of 12-5.5 at the meet in Jacksonville, Florida.
“(The starting height) is higher than what she normally starts at and it’s a whole different atmosphere,” head coach Doug Molnar told LetsGoPeay.com. “The biggest takeaway will be her experience. Not clearing the height takes nothing away from the tremendous experience she had this year. She improved leaps and bounds as an athlete. If you can be here your freshman year, you’ll be far ahead of everyone down the road.”