LAWRENCE, Kan. — A day after being sidelined due to intense Midwest weather, a pair of Sacramento State track & field athletes participated in the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary on Friday at Kansas.
The women's pole vault was moved indoors to avoid a second day of high winds and rain but the change in venue was no problem for Danielle Brandon who set the school record while narrowly missing a trip to the NCAA Championships. Brandon set the school record with a successful attempt at 13-feet, 6.25 inches. That mark was tied for the seventh-best in the meet but Brandon finished tied for 18th overall based on number of attempts. The top 12 finishers earned a trip to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The sophomore opened the meet by clearing 12-06.25 and 13-01.25 on her first attempts at each height. She then moved to 13-06.25 which was 1.75 inches above her career outdoor best. She was unsuccessful on her first two tries, but cleared on her third attempt to break Lizzy Norvell's school record of 13-05.25 from 2010. Brandon had three tries at 13-10.00 but could not get over the bar.
Senior Stephanie Blumm completed her career by finishing 24th in the 400-hurdles. The Roseville, Calif., native ran 59.31 to miss the final qualifying berth by just over a second. Blumm competed in the third of six heats in the event and placed fourth behind Nebraska's Karolina Pahlitzsch who ran 58.17 to win the heat.
Sacramento State has three student-athletes scheduled to compete on Saturday. James Kinloch will start in the men's discus at 7 a.m. PT. Chloe Berlioux will run the women's 1500 at 8:30 and Paul Lyons will take part in the men's 110-hurdles at 10 a.m.