Casey Bowen, a freshman from Gardner, finished second in the pole vault at the USA Junior Championships last Friday afternoon. The championship was held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
According to the University of Kansas Athletics Department, Bowen’s runner-up position earned him a spot on Team USA, which travels to Barcelona, Spain for the 2012 World Junior Championships from July 10-15. He is one of two Americans representing the U.S. in the pole vault, which take place July 10.
During his first season at KU, Bowen was one of the most consistent pole vaulters, competing in both the indoor and outdoor Big 12 Championships. He came in seventh place at the outdoor league meet and qualified his way into the NCAA West Preliminary Meet, where he tied for 41st.
Bowen wasn’t the only successful Jayhawk last Friday. Reid Buchanan, a freshman from Manhattan, ran and advanced through the semifinals of the 1,500 meters. He ran 3.75 laps around the track in 3:53.53, earning him a spot in the finals as the 12th qualifier.
By Kelsea Eckenroth