SEATTLE - Husky sophomore-to-be Jax Thoirs continued a busy summer with an eighth-place finish in the pole vault at the European U23 Championships, which wrapped up on Sunday in Tampere, Finland.
Thoirs was competing for the Great Britain team, as the native Scotsman set the Scottish National Record on several occasions over the past few months, first breaking it at the UW-WSU Dual in Seattle. Thoirs made the final by making it over 17-6 1/2 in the qualifying rounds, which cut the field of 27 down to 14 for the final. In the final, he cleared a best of 17-4 1/2, making it on his second try. He then went up to 17-10 1/2, missing his three attempts. Thoirs was the only competitor for Great Britain.
Late last month, Thoirs raised his career-best at a pole vault carnival held in Somero, FInland, clearing the 18-foot barrier for the first time. He made 5.50-meters, equal to 18-0 1/2, which solidified his spot on the Great British team. That makes him the fifth Husky ever to clear 18-feet, and moves him into a tie for third on the UW top-10 list with Garth Willard.