AUSTIN, Texas – Junior Thomas Reinecke set the pace for the LSU Track & Field teams on the second day of competition at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays while being crowned the event champion for the “B” section of the men’s pole vault on Thursday evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
After setting a lifetime personal record at the LSU Relays on Saturday with a season-opening clearance at 17 feet, 3 inches, Reinecke raised the bar even higher during Thursday’s pole vault action with a new best of 17-4 ½ to win the Texas Relays “B” section over event runner-up Alex Bishop of Kansas.
Reinecke showed impressive form throughout the competition as he sailed over the bar at a height of 16-0 ¾, 16-6 ¾ and 17-0 ¾ on his first attempt. He then clinched the title with a third-attempt clearance at 17-4 ½ for his second lifetime best of the 2012 outdoor season.
Reinecke then went out of the competition with three misses after the bar was raised to a height of 17-8 ½.
Although Reinecke and Bishop were the only two vaulters in the field to clear 17-4 ½, Reinecke secured a victory with fewer misses.
Two other Tigers also cleared a height of 16-6 ¾ as junior Joseph Caraway and freshman Andreas Duplantis tied for fourth place in the final standings.
With his performance, Reinecke moved into a tie for the No. 7 spot in the NCAA rankings for 2012 in the men’s pole vault while finishing just ¼ inch shy of a spot in LSU’s all-time Top 10 list.
By: Will Stafford