Jeffries Ends Storied Career in Austin
May 25, 2017

Day One Results

AUSTIN, Texas –
Allison Jeffries had the meet of her career Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, but the senior pole vaulter came up just short of qualifying for nationals in taking 13th place. Jeffries cleared a career-high 13-9.25 (4.20m) to reset her school record, but was on the losing end of a three-way jump off at the end of the competition to decide the final two qualifying spots.

The Eagle, Idaho native started the day at 12-5.5 (3.80m), which she cleared on her first attempt. She then cleared her next three heights – 12-11.5 (3.95m), 13-5.25 (4.10m) and 13-9.25 – also on her first tries, giving herself a clean sheet through the first four bars.

She was unable to clear 14-1.25 (4.30m) on all three of her attempts, setting the stage for a jump off between herself, Air Force’s Kathryn Tomczak and UT-Arlington’s Helen Falda, who also came up short on 14-1.25 but had perfect days up until then.

Tomczak cleared 14-1.25 on her first attempt while Jeffries and Falda were unable to clear in three tries. The bar was then moved down to 13-7.25 (4.15m), which Jeffries did not clear on her first attempt while Falda was able to, solidifying the final two qualifying spots to nationals.

The senior ends her career as arguably the best pole vaulter in school history with both the indoor and outdoor school records. Jeffries was a two-time west preliminary qualifier and a two-time all-conference honoree.

The remainder of the Bronco events on the day were all first-round races with qualifying for quarterfinals set as the primary goal.

Sadi Henderson won her 800m heat with a 2:09.35 to safely advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal. She used a huge kick in the last 100 meters to cruise past two other contenders and easily cross the line first.

Fernando Martinez (51.14) was also outstanding in the 400m hurdles thanks to a second-place finish in the third heat, good for a quarterfinal automatic qualifier. The time was also the overall fifth fastest of the day.

Both Andrew Rafla (3:51.59) and Addison Dehaven (3:56.94) were able to cement their spots in Saturday’s quarterfinal through different criteria. Rafla took seventh in his heat, but since it was the fastest of the day he was able to advance on time. DeHaven took fifth in the fourth heat, good for an automatic qualifying spot.

Bryce Kirby (10.55) and Alexandru Terpezan (10.60) both ran well in the 100m, but neither advanced to Friday’s quarterfinal. Alexis Fuller (4:40.00) also was unable to advance on the women’s side of the 1,500m.

Henderson will kick things off for the Broncos tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. (MT) with the 800m quarterfinal.

Bronco Results

Pole Vault
| 13. Allison Jeffries – 13-9.25 (4.20m)
800m | 19. Sadi Henderson – 2:09.52
1,500m | 42. Alexis Fuller – 4:40.00

| 43. Bryce Kirby – 10.55 and 45. Alexandru Terpezan – 10.60
400m Hurdles | 5. Fernando Martinez – 51.14
1,500m | 7. Andrew Rafla – 3:51.59 and 24. Addison Dehaven – 3:56.94

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