Senior Jill Marois topped the HPU school record in the pole vault while finishing second at Penn State (3.85m, 12-7.5). Senior Alyssa Palenchar was fourth in the vault with a mark of 3.70m (12-1.5). Junior Natalia Ocasio set a new collegiate PR while finishing second in the mile run (5:02.92).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Jill Marois shined on a big-time collegiate stage Saturday, setting a new High Point University school record in the pole vault to lead the women’s track & field team at the prestigious Penn State National Invitational.
Marois converted an excellent mark of 3.85m (12-7.5) to break the High Point school record set last season by senior teammate Alyssa Palenchar (3.72m, 12-2.5). Marois just missed claiming victory in the event, as she cleared the 3.85m bar an attempt after champion Rebecca Pietsch of Akron.
Palenchar also performed well for the Purple & White, placing fourth in the vault with a mark of 3.70m (12-1.5).
“We had been jumping very well heading into Virginia Tech last week which was why we were so disappointed the meet was cancelled,” assistant coach Scott Houston said. “But Jill and Alyssa have been working hard and have tuned elements up in their full approaches. Today they had a good gameplan for a long competiiton that included 21 participants. They stayed meet prepared and jumped very well for their first competition from full approach this season. They both had excellent chances on their last bar, but it was tough after three hours of competition. I was pleased with their performance today.”