Irwin finishes 6th at U.S. Olympic Trials

By: Bob Holt
Published: Monday, June 21, 2021
Former Arkansas pole vaulter Andrew Irwin competes at the American League Track meet on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville.
( Shawn Price, Arkansas Communications )
Former Arkansas pole vaulter Andrew Irwin competes at the American League Track meet on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville.

Andrew Irwin, a former University of Arkansas two-time NCAA champion from Mount Ida, finished sixth in the pole vault final Monday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., with a best clearance of 18-10 1/4.

It was the highest finish for a former Razorback in the men's pole vault at the Trials.

Irwin cleared his first attempts at 17-10 1/2, 18-4 1/2, 18-8 1/4 and 18-10 1/4 at Hayward Field before missing three times at 19-0 1/4.

Former Arkansas All-American Taylor Werner finished 11th in the 5,000 meters final in 15:56.83 after leading through the first 3,000.

Nikki Hiltz, also a former All-American for the Razorbacks, was 13th in the 1,500 meters final in 4:10.09. Hiltz will run in the 800 meters later this week.

Bennett Pascoe, an Arkansas State University junior from Conway, was 27th in the preliminaries of the 3,000-meter steeplechase and ran 8:56.83.

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