DES MOINES, IA -- Matt Adkisson earned a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships June 6-9 as the senior from Wimberly posted the highest NCAA regional individual event finish ever by a Sam Houston State athlete, placing second in the pole vault Friday.
On his third attempt of the day, Adkisson vaulted 17 feet, one inch to
finish second behind Jordan Scott of Kansas who posted a mark of 17 feet, five inches. Previously, the highest a Bearkat has finished at the NCAA regionals was a third place by Adrian Ray in the 110 meter hurdles in 2003.
Adkisson's pole vault marked the Bearkats' only top 10 finish of the day.
The women's 4x100 relay of Tiana Lee, Jessica Fisher, Tara Tyler, and Regina Offord placed 11th with a time of 46.86.
John Thomas was 15th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.47. In the 400 hurdles, Darnesha Stonum was 18th in the women's race (1:03.82) while Lane Dennis finished 19th (55.14) in the men's competition.
Jasmine Wyatt placed 25th in the shot put with a toss of 43 feet 9.75
inches. Chris Cralle was 25th in the hammer with a throw of 160 feet, five inches.
The NCAA Regionals hosted by Drake University continue Saturday.