Jacobus flies high to win pole vault

By: Bob Holt
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Arkansas pole vaulter Lexi Weeks watches during the Arkansas Invitational on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Jason Ivester
Arkansas pole vaulter Lexi Weeks watches during the Arkansas Invitational on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas Razorbacks junior Lexi Jacobus has fully recovered from a right hamstring injury that sidelined her to start the indoor track and field season.

Jacobus removed any doubt about that by clearing 15 feet, 1 1/2 inches on Friday night at the Razorback Invitational to take over the NCAA lead.


Top 10 team scores


MEN through 6 of 16 events

  1. Texas A&M 41.5

  2. Kansas State 32.5

  3. Florida 30

  4. LSU 30

  5. Georgia 18.5

  6. Ole Miss 18.5

  7. USC 15

  8. Florida State 12.5

  9. Arkansas 10

  10. Oklahoma State 9.5

WOMEN through 7 of 16 events

  1. Arkansas 58

  2. Georgia 54

  3. Kansas State 34

  4. Ole Miss 24

  5. Texas A&M 22

  6. USC 20

  7. LSU 15.5

  8. Florida State 15

  9. Florida 8

  10. Oklahoma State 4.5

"I'm back and ready to go," she said.

Jacobus moved ahead of Kentucky junior Olivia Gruver, who had the top vault at 15-1.

After clearing 15-1 1/2 on her third attempt, Jacobus missed three attempts at 15-7 1/4, which would have been a collegiate record. Demi Payne set the record of 15-7 in 2015.

Jacobus, who won the NCAA indoor title as a freshman in 2016 with a personal-best 15-2 1 1/4, said she wasn't upset about missing out on the collegiate record.

"I feel ecstatic," Jacobus said. "I'll never be disappointed with a 15-foot jump. Now I've taken the collegiate lead by a centimeter, I believe. So I'm pretty happy about that."

Tori Hoggard -- Jacobus' twin sister -- is No. 3 nationally with a best of 14-7 1/4 she cleared last week at a meet at Michigan's new indoor facility.

Hoggard cleared 14-4 3/4 on Friday.

Jacobus, who cleared her first attempts at 13-3, 13-7 and 14-0 3/4, said she and assistant coach Bryan Compton made the decision to go from 15-1 1/2 to 15-7 1/4 because she was getting tired.

"We just wanted to see what it looks like, see what it's going to take, and go from there," Compton said. "There's no use in going for anything less than that."

"Lexi looked really good," Compton said. "That was kind of the goal coming in here, to get back up to 15 feet. She had a little bit of a hamstring issue a couple weeks ago. It still bothered her a little bit at Michigan, but not bad.

"Today she forgot all about it and just went out there and started jumping."

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville took five of the top six spots in the women's pole vault and leads the team race through seven of 16 events with 58 points. Georgia is second with 54.

Other highlights for the No. 2-ranked Razorbacks included senior Taliyah Brooks winning the pentathlon with 4,395 points and senior Payton Stumbaugh Chadwick taking second in the 200 in 22.99 seconds. Chadwick matched the second-fastest time in UA history with Taylor Ellis-Watson behind Veronica Campbell-Brown's 22.43 in 2004.

For the No. 3-ranked Arkansas men's team, junior Laquan Narin went a personal-best 25-10 in the long jump to take third place. Junior Gabe Brown is second through four events of the heptatlon with 3,263 points.

Texas A&M leads the men's team race with 41.5 points through six of 16 events. Arkansas is ninth with 10 points, but has plenty of entrants in today's events.

Events today will be televised on the SEC Network from 1-4:30 p.m.


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