Both the Coyote men’s and women’s pole vault teams had individuals claim the top spot in the nation over the weekend at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

Junior Helen Falda found herself at the highest mark in the NCAA standings after Friday’s competition, vaulting 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

“Before jumping I didn’t even realize I was actually first in the nation,” Falda said. “I was just really happy that I was close to my personal best. I knew that it wasn’t going to last for a long time because there was group A the day after, but I could say for a few hours ‘Oh, I’m first in the nation!’”

She was not the only women’s vaulter to have success. Senior Kimmy Peterson set a new personal best at 14-1 3/4. For Falda, this jump is one inch off of her personal best of 14-4 1/2, which she set when she competed for UT Arlington.

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