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National Pole Vault Champion


Jeffery Hansen

Jeffery Hansen

SENIOR All-American Jeffery W. Hansen, ’02, jumped his way to a national championship in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Hansen cleared a height of 17-11.75 (5.48m), where he was joined by four others, but claimed the crown as a result of having fewer misses on his earlier attempts. Before his three misses at a height of 18-3.75, Hansen had only missed one attempt on four previous heights, putting him ahead of the competition.

With the win in the pole vault, Hansen scored 10 points to give the Cougars a 15th-place finish overall. Six teams finished in a tie with BYU for 15th on the men’s side.

The BYU women’s team earned 14 All-America citations at the competition. Seven of the nine athletes who competed for the Cougar women’s team came home with All-American honors.

Jaime L. Cottle, ’02, Holly G. Haguewood, ’03, Andrea J. Combs, ’03, and Michaela Mannova, ’04, earned All-America honors as part of the distance medley team. Mannova later earned her second All-America citation of the meet with an eighth-place finish in the 3000 meter.

In the women’s high jump, freshman Lindsey Steele, ’05, tied for sixth and earned an All-America citation.

Tara A. Northcutt, ’02, and Lindsey A. Thomsen, ’03, finished as All-Americans in the 5000-meter run.