Duke senior Megan Clark broke the conference record for the women’s pole vault over the weekend.
The Duke Track and Field teams recently hosted the Duke Invitational event over the weekend at the Morris Williams Track and Field stadium, and one Duke student-athlete dominated with a record-breaking performance for the Blue Devils.
Senior pole vaulter Megan Clark broke the school and ACC conference record in the women’s pole vault, clearing 15-2.25 (4.63m) to win the event on Saturday. She also leaped into the NCAA record books with the best collegiate pole vaulting performance in the nation so far this season and third best in NCAA Outdoor Track and Field history.
Clark has excelled for the Blue Devils women’s track team, representing Duke in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, winning the 2015 ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year, earning indoor and outdoor All-ACC and All-America honors, and has broken the school pole vaulting record numerous times throughout her career. She was excited after her performance over the weekend, saying:
"“We’ve been working really hard this season…I feel like we’ve made a lot of changes and I’m in a really good place. That’s the first time I’ve jumped at a national record. I’m really excited I had the opportunity to attempt it. I look forward to being able to put in more work and hopefully jump higher than that next time.”"
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More details on the Blue Devil men’s and women’s track and field teams and the results of the Duke Invitational over the weekend can be seen here. The team will have one more meet at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this weekend before the postseason begins. Duke will head to Tallahassee, FL for the ACC Championships hosted by Florida State, and then the Blue Devils who qualify will head to the NCAA East Preliminary round regional in Jacksonville and the finalists will advance to Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
After the season with the Blue Devil, Clark will move on to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer for a chance to compete in the Olympics this summer. Congratulations to Megan Clark on her record-breaking performance and best of luck in the postseason at the 2016 ACC and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships!