Huge PR Sends Andrea Peterson to NCAA's
In what could have been the last meet of her collegiate career, senior pole vaulter Andrea Peterson made sure she would stick around through NCAA's, as she turned in the performance of her life today to place second at NCAA West Regionals. Peterson turned in the second-best pole vault in school history today, setting new personal-bests on back-to-back vaults to qualify for her first ever NCAA Championships.
The first day of Regional action is still ongoing at Oregon's Hayward Field, but it will be hard to top Peterson's performance as the highlight. Her clearance of 13-feet, 9.75 inches is the second-best in school history, behind only former NCAA Champion Kate Soma.
A full recap will be posted to GoHuskies.com later tonight, but here are a few of the beaming Peterson's comments after she received congratulations from several family members and friends.
On moving to 2nd on UW's all-time Top-10: "I'm in so much shock right now. My idols have pole vaulted at UW. Absolutely phenomenal female vaulters, and to be second all-time is ridiculous, I don't even know how that happened! It's been really, really fun. It was a really good day."
On her day: "I peaked at the right time and I'm so excited that happened. I've been battling injuries all year. I'm in awe, I had no idea this was going to happen. I had it in the back of my mind that this could because I'd been practicing really well, so as long as practice played over to the meet I felt this could happen."
On the specific vaults: "I was just really focused, I knew I could do it. I looked at the crossbar and I knew I could clear it. And then one PR after another it feels really good. I had so many people here, we're close just right across the border."
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