All-American and 2008 NCAA runner-up in the pole vault begins his first season as a volunteer assistant coach, working with coach Pat Licari and the Husky pole vaulters.
2009: Improved his lifetime-bests both indoors and outdoors and reached his second consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships ... reached the finals at the NCAA Championships, but no-heighted in the finals to settle for a tie for 12th ... qualified for the national meet with a PR of 17-7 at West Regionals, good for fifth-place ... his Regional clearance ranked him eighth on the UW all-time Top-10 list outdoors ... finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships with a clearance of 17-5 ... cleared 17-feet a total of nine times outdoors ... won the Ken Shannon Invite with a mark of 17-6 1/2 ... third at the Stanford Invite, clearing 17-4 1/2 ... part of a Husky sweep at the UW-WSU dual, placing third with a 17-0 3/4 clearance ... won the Olympic development section at the Mt. SAC Relays, going 17-2 3/4 ... indoors, posted an NCAA Provisional qualifier of 17-1 at both the UW Invitational and the Husky Classic ... ranks ninth on UW's indoor Top-10 list ... earned Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team distinction.
2008: Realized great potential with huge improvements at the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships, which resulted in a West Regional title and a second-place finish at nationals ... in first NCAA appearance, tied for second with a clearance of 17-2 ¾ in difficult winds, and earned first career All-America honor ... entered West Regionals with a season-best of 16-6 ¾, the minimum qualifying mark, then proceeded to clear new personal-bests on three straight vaults to win the title with a mark of 17-5 as he improved his PR by nearly a foot in one day ... also impressive was his newfound consistency, as O'Connor went from missing his first Regional attempt at 16-1 ¾, to clearing the next three heights on his first try, something he did equally well at NCAA's ... prior to Regionals, struggled to 14th-place finish at Pac-10's with a mark of 16-0 ¾, showing how remarkable his sudden success really was ... cleared 16-6 ¾ at the Sun Angel Classic and Mt. SAC Relays to qualify for Regionals ... indoors, top vault was 16-7 ½ at the UW Invitational.
2007: UW's No. 4 pole vaulter outdoors, cleared 16-0 ¾ at the Pepsi Invite for a second-place finish ... cleared the same height in unattached competition at the Mt. SAC Relays ... competed three times unattached during indoor season.
2006 (UNC/UW): Competed indoors at North Carolina before transferring to Washington in the spring ... was the No. 7 overall finisher at the ACC Indoor Championships, clearing 15-7 ... topped personal-best 16-7 1/4 at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet indoors ... redshirted the outdoor campaign at UW.
2005 (North Carolina): Competed indoors and outdoors for the Tar Heels ... topped season-best 15-1 indoors.
High School and Personal: Parents are Gale and Brian ... has an older brother, Aaron ... won back-to-back state indoor titles in 2003 and 2004 ... set the New York state prep record with a clearance of 15-10 in his victory at state indoors in 2004, held in the Syracuse Carrier Dome ... matched the performance at the 2004 Nike Indoor Nationals at the New York City Armory ... earned All-America honors with finishes at the Nike Indoor Nationals in both 2003 and 2004 ... a three-time state qualifier and four-time Nike Nationals competitor ... majoring in environmental studies.
* Indicates All-America honor
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