Arkansas’ Stripling wins vault, Sutej hits auto

Courtesy: Molly O'Mara, Arkansas Athletic Media Relations

February 7, 2009   

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NEW YORK – Junior Katie Stripling led a 1-2-4-9 finish in the pole vault for Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field on day one of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at New York’s Armory Track Center.

"I thought the crew jumped very well today," assistant coach Bryan Compton said. "Tina (Sutej) getting the auto mark is the highlight and that’s actually a lifetime best for her. Getting Tina qualified for NCAA s out of the way allows us to progress in our training and get her training at higher bars. I thought Tara (Diebold) did a great job considering we were jumping on a surface we aren’t used to. We need to work on getting Sarah (Landau) healthy. Katie (Stripling) does what she does. She’s getting more comfortable jumping at higher bars and we’ll hopefully get that 14-foot mark next week at home."

Stripling won the event for the first time in her career. She cleared 13-9.25 to pick up her third NCAA automatic qualifier. She still holds a season and career best of 13-11.25.

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