ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The indoor track season wrapped up tonight in New Mexico and sophomore Jax Thoirs picked up his first top-eight finish at an NCAA meet to close things out on a positive note for the Dawgs.
At the Albuquerque Convention Center, Thoirs made his NCAA debut an impressive won, advancing to the latter stages of the pole vault before settling for a tie for eighth-place with a best clearance of 17-feet, 8.50-inches. Thoirs picked up half a point for the Husky team score, and will earn First Team All-America honors, the first Husky to do so in the vault since Scott Roth swept the NCAA titles in 2011.
The Scottish Record-Holder has been dealing with a sore achilles, and so Thoirs was selective with the bars he jumped at. He cleared the first bar at 17-0 ¾ and then passed up to 17-8 ½, which he cleared on a second attempt. He then passed again, up to 18-0 ½, but was unable to clear that height which would have matched his career-best. Only four jumpers were able to clear that height.
With the one point from UW’s eighth-place distance medley relay last night, and the half point for Thoirs’ eighth-place tie tonight, the Husky men’s team finished 63rd overall at nationals. They’ll swing right into the outdoor season next week, splitting the squad with one group heading to USC for the Trojan Invitational, and another heading to Hayward Field for the Oregon Preview.
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Albuquerque, N.M. – Albuquerque Convention Center
March 15, 2014 – Day 2 of 2
Men’s Pole Vault Final: 8 (tie). Jax Thoirs, 17-8 ½