EUGENE, ORE – Jade Riebold had the best-ever finish by an Eastern Illinois University women’s track athlete in the NCAA National Championship’s at Hayward Field. Riebold went fourteen feet, five and a quarter inches, good for third place and earning All-American status. It was also her career-best outdoor pole vault.
She went on the same height as the second place finisher, Natalia Bartnovskaya of Kansas, but had more misses. Bethany Buell of South Dakota was the champion with a vault of 14-7.25. The top three finishers are all juniors.
Riebold, the back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year, was the National runner-up in the NCAA Indoor National Championships at Fayetteville, Ark. clearing a career-best 14-7. 25.
Last season Riebold was 20th in the NCAA National Championships with a height of 12-9.5. She was fifth this season in the NCAA West Regional at Austin, Texas, clearing 13-5.75 and won the conference meet with a vault of 13-1.5, an OVC record. She helped the team win its fifth straight OVC title in early May at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of EIU.
Riebold, an Olentangy Liberty grad from Powell, Ohio, holds both the indoor and outdoor records at EIU.
Kandace Arnold, a 2010 EIU grad, was 16th in the NCAA Nationals in the shot put with a throw of 51-11.75.