From last night: Ahbe finishes second, Clute eighth in pole vault at NCAA Championships

Pole vaulter Kelsie Ahbe set an Indiana school record in the pole vault to finish second in the NCAA championships and Sydney Clute finished eighth in the event. The full release from IU sports info.

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Kelsie Ahbe returned to the site of her first NCAA Championships, in her freshman year and earned her second All-America honor with a second-place finish in the pole vault. Ahbe and sophomore teammate Sydney Clute both earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at Hayward Field.

Ahbe cleared 4.40m (14-5.25) to finish runner-up in the event and set an IU school record. Ahbe’s finish is the best finish for the Hoosiers in the women’s pole vault since Vera Neuenswander finished in second-place in 2009.

Sophomore Sydney Clute also earned a spot on the podium as she tied for eighth-place with a clearance of 4.15m (13-7.25).

With Ahbe and Clute earning All-America honors it is the second time in the last four years the Hoosiers have had two women earn All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ahbe and Neuenswander finished fourth and sixth respectively in 2011.

Since 2008 the IU pole vaulters have earned 11 All-America honors and have had seven different athletes qualify for a NCAA Championship meet.

Redshirt freshman Matt Schwartzer earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with a 17th place finish in the 5,000m run in a time of 14:08.38.

Tomorrow the Hoosiers will close out competition at the NCAA Championships with Kyla Buckley in the shot put at 4:00 PM ET and Rorey Hunter in the final of the 1,500m run at 5:18 PM ET.