The UW-Stout track and field team had competitors at both the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open and at the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., Friday and Blue Devil pole vaulters stole the show in La Crosse as Noah Zastrow and Heather Beecher both improved their national lot by hitting personal bests.
Zastrow became only the fourth Blue Devil to clear 17-0 feet when he placed first in the event at La Crosse. With the mark, Zastrow currently has the second best height in Division III. Zastrow did attempt to break Daniel Drewek’s school record of 17-5 by attempting 17-5.50, but did not clear the bar.
Beecher made a drastic climb up the Division III ladder on the women’s side. A week after winning the WIAC pole vault title, Beecher cleared 12-6 to win the event at La Crosse. The mark was a personal-best by almost three inches, but more importantly Beecher jumped from 32nd in Division III in the event into the top 10. Beecher is only the third female Stout pole vaulter to clear 12-6.