Casey Bowen, a soon to be sophomore from Gardner, Kan., participated in the pole vault the morning of Tuesday, July 10, at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain. According to a KU Athletics news release, Bowen finished in a tie for 11th place in his qualification flight, but was not able to advance to the final event.
Bowen cleared 4.75 meters on his first attempt on Tuesday. It took him all three attempts to get over the next bar. He pole-vaulted over 4.95 meters on his third attempt at height, which was his last clearance, leaving him in a tie for 11th place in the 15-person flight. Bowen’s finish wasn’t high enough to move him into the final round.
Bowen earned a spot on the 2012 Team USA after finishing second at the U.S. Junior Championships in Bloomington, Ind. on June 15. He is one of two Americans who represented the U.S. in the pole vault at the World Junior Championships.
In addition to competing at the World Junior Championships, 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.
by: Kelsea Eckenroth