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Track and field:

Virginia Tech rising sophomore Deakin Volz jumped a personal-best height of 5.65 meters (18 feet, 6 1/2 inches) to win the gold medal in the pole vault at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World 20-and-under championships Saturday at Zawisza Stadium located in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Volz recorded three personal-best marks to set a new school record, surpassing Torben Laidig’s mark of 5.60 meters (18 feet, 4 1/2 inches) at the Texas Relays on April 1.

Australia’s Kurtis Marschall, a 2016 Rio Olympics participant, was highly favored to win Saturday’s pole vault competition, but Volz earned the program’s first world junior Gold medal.

Volz cleared 5.50 meters (18 feet, 1/2 inch) on his second attempt to record his first personal-best mark of the day.

Marschall then cleared 5.55 meters (18 feet, 2 1/2 inches) on his first try, while Volz landed the mark on his second attempt.

Both participants failed on their first attempt at 5.60 meters, leaving Volz with a do-or-die jump to earn the world title.

Volz cleared his second attempt, leading him to his final jump at 5.65 meters to set a program record.

To reach the pole vault finals, Volz finished seventh in his heat and tied for 10th place overall in the qualifying round to advance to the pole vault final.

Only the top 12 marks advanced to the final round of competition.

Incoming Tech recruit Emma Thor placed 11th in the hammer throw final, throwing a distance of 55.34 meters (181 feet, 6.7 inches).

Additionally, incoming freshman Eszter Bajnok and rising sophomore Diego Zarate also competed at the World Championships.

Bajnok placed seventh in the long jump final with a mark of 6.16 meters (20 feet, 2 1/2 inches), while Zarate placed seventh in the 1,500-meter race with a preliminary time of 3:47.95.

Zarate did not advance to the final round of competition.

 

 

 

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