TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Former Sycamore and All-American Kylie Hutson tuned up for the 2013 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships by winning the Sycamore Open Pole Vault Competition Saturday at Marks Field in record fashion.
Hutson cleared her outdoor personal best of 15’-5” (4.70 meters) on her final attempt to clear the bar. She had set the Marks Field record in 2010 when she cleared 14’-3¼” (4.35 meters) at the Pacesetter Invitational. Hutson made several good attempts at 15’-7” (4.75 meters) Saturday, a height she has cleared indoors, but just missed on each attempt.
Hutson, the 2011 USATF Outdoor Champion in the pole vault, will be looking for her second national title as a professional this week when she competes at the 2013 USATF Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Hutson will compete at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Also competing in the Women’s Pole Vault Elite competition was Indiana State rising sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph who tied for fifth by clearing 12’-11½” (3.95 meters). Rudolph will also be in Des Moines this week where she will compete in the USATF Junior Championships at 1:15 p.m. Friday. Rudolph cleared a collegiate best 13’-5¼” (4.10 meters) at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic.
Indiana State 2013 graduates Nicole Hope and Richelle Kimble also competed with Hope also clearing 12’-11½” (3.95 meters) to finish seventh and Kimble clearing 12’-5½” (3.80 meters) to place eighth. Hope finished her Sycamore career by winning her second Missouri Valley Conference championship and just missing a trip to the NCAA Finals with a 13th place finish at the East Preliminary. Kimble was second at the MVC Championship and tied for 15th at the NCAA East Preliminary.
Former Indiana pole vaulter Vera Schmitz was second in the Women’s Elite competition by clearing her personal outdoor best of 14’-7¼” (4.45 meters) with University of Cincinnati’s Mackenzie Fields third at 13’-9¼” (4.10 meters).
Sycamore rising senior Hannah McKnight women the Women’s Pole Vault Open by clearing 11’-5¾” (3.50 meters) which was just shy of her collegiate best of 11’-9” (3.58 meters) she cleared in placing 10th at the MVC Outdoor Championships this year. McKnight did not miss a bar until she attempted 11’-11¾” (3.65 meters) which would have been her collegiate best.
Peter Chapman of the University of South Dakota won the Men’s Pole Vault Open by clearing 16’-2¾” (4.95 meters). Josh Dangel of the University of Cincinnati and Chip Heuser, competing unattached, each cleared 17’-9¼” (5.42 meters) in the Men’s Pole Vault Elite competition with Dangel getting the win by virtue of fewer misses.