HC’s Caldwell nets national honor

MI_Hillsdale  —  Hillsdale Daily NewsHILLSDALE — The records and awards just keep piling up for Hillsdale College track & field senior Kayla Caldwell. For the second time this school year, Caldwell was named both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Female Athlete of the Week. Both awards were announced Monday afternoon. Already the Hillsdale College record holder in the outdoor track pole vault, Caldwell demolished her own mark at Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Michigan State University, clearing 14 feet, 2 inches.  Her old school record was 13-3, and she came up just five inches shy of the USA-A standard with her Saturday mark.Initially, the mark of 14-2 was thought to be a new outdoor NCAA Division II record.  But because this particular mark was held indoors at MSU, it does not qualify for record-breaking status.  However, the USTFCCCA maintains that this is the third-best pole vault mark in Division II history, still an incredible performance by the senior from Ohio. Back in February during indoor season, Caldwell was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week after notching the top mark in the nation in the pole vault. She is a six-time All-American, and was the winner of the Kimball Medal, symbolic of the top female athlete at Hillsdale College.  Over the past two years, she’s finished second (2012) and third (2013) at the national indoor track and field championships in the pole vault.


Caldwell Vaulter Magazine
Caldwell Vaulter Magazine

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