Bonnie Draxler continues to reach new heights in the Mountain West Conference.
The Wrightstown native was named the Mountain West women’s field performer of the week after clearing 14 feet, ¾ inches to win the pole vault on Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invite in Stanford, Calif.
It’s the first time the San Diego State sophomore has eclipsed 14 feet in a college track and field meet. She actually broke her personal best twice at the meet by clearing 13-10 on an earlier attempt.
Draxler’s mark of 14-¾ is third on the school’s all-time list. The height ranks eighth in the NCAA West Region and 18th overall in the nation this year.
It’s the third time this season Draxler has received Mountain West field performer of the week.
De Pere trio sign letters of intent: De Pere had three girls track and field athletes sign national letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools on Wednesday.
The senior trio includes Sydney Otto, Shae Opichka and Kylie Swiekatowski.
Otto is expecting to compete in the javelin, jumps and heptathlon at the University of Nebraska. She broke school records at De Pere in the long jump (18-9½), triple jump (39-1½) and shot put (37-10) last year in addition to placing first in the javelin for her age group at the USATF Junior Olympics National Championships with a throw of 143-6.
Otto, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee before her senior season, placed in third in the triple jump and finished seventh in the long jump at the WIAA Division 1 state meet as a junior.
Opichka will compete in the pole vault at Illinois State University. She has reached the WIAA state podium twice in the event, placing fourth as a sophomore and third as a junior. She tied the Fox River Classic Conference record with Swiekatowski last year with a height of 12-6.
Swiekatowski will compete in the pole vault at Rice University. She is a three-time WIAA state medalist in the event, which includes winning the D1 championship in 2014.
Swiekatowski holds De Pere’s school record in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet. She is one of five girls in the history of the state to clear 13 feet. She was also a leg on the 400-meter relay team, which set a school record and placed third at the WIAA state meet in 2014.