Jordan Scott Three-Peats as Big 12 Pole Vault Champion

Jordan Scott Three-Peats as Big 12 Pole Vault Champion

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Jordan Scott won his third-consecutive Big 12 Championship in the pole vault after tying a career-best vault of 5.55 meters (18-02.50 ft.) to lead Kansas on the first day of the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships in front of 3,146 fans at the Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium.

“It feels great to come here and keep my streak alive,” Scott said of his victory. “This is my third indoor championship, so it’s good to know that I keep getting better.”

“It’s really good for the University of Kansas and Jordan,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “He found a way to get it done, and that’s what we need. He stepped up and got the job done.”

With his performance, Scott moves from fourth to a tie for second in the nation in the pole vault this season. The junior from Watkinsville, Ga., joins Egor Agafonov (2006-2008, weight throw) as the only two Jayhawks to pull off the Big 12 Championship three-peat. It also marks the fifth time in seven meets this season that Scott has won the pole vault title. With the NCAA Indoor Championships coming up in two weeks at the same venue, he is poised to make a run at a national championship.

“I am really looking forward to nationals,” Scott said. “I want to reach that next level, so I am going to get it.”

Scott scored 10 points for the Jayhawk men, who stand in seventh place with 17.5 points with day one in the books. Junior Kirk Cooper added 3.5 points for KU after a season-best pole vault of 5.00 meters (16-04.75 ft.), good for a tie for fifth place. Sophomore Cooper Merrill followed in 10th place with a personal-best leap of 4.85 meters (15-11 ft.).