AUSTIN, Texas – A career best from junior pole vaulter Nick Meyer in his first outing of the outdoor season highlighted a solid afternoon from the Kansas track & field team at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Thursday inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. Meyer turned in an NCAA top-10 clearance en route to the top-collegiate finish in the event.
Competing in the B-Section pole vault, a trio of Jayhawks hit the runway in Austin in their first outings of the year for the Jayhawks. Juniors Jake Albright, Nick Maestretti and Meyer were coming off redshirt indoor seasons and were seeing their first action in the crimson and blue in 2016.
All three Jayhawks cleared the opening bar of 5.05 meters (16’6¾”) on their first attempts. Meyer and Albright then reeled off two more clearances at 5.20 meters (17’0¾”) and 5.30 meters (17’4½”) to vault to the top of the leaderboard. While Albright was unable to go any higher, Meyer only needed two tries to get over a new career best of 5.40 meters (17’8½”). That jump earned the Kingman, Kansas native the best finish by a collegian and third overall behind a pair of unattached vaulters.
Meyer’s performance moved him among the top-10 in the early-season outdoor pole vault rankings. Albright was one place behind his junior teammate with his vault of 5.30 meters (17’4½”), just two inches shy of his personal best. Maestretti completed his day with a 10th-place finish by way of a 5.05 meter (16’6¾”) clearance.