LSU’s Rachel Laurent Wins Pole Vault Title with Penn Relays Record

Courtesy: Will Stafford, LSU Sports Information

April 24, 2009   

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PHILADELPHIA – All-American pole vaulter Rachel Laurent has been writing her name in record books week in and week out during her breakout freshman season at LSU, and she can now add the Penn Relays to her list after capturing the pole vault crown on Thursday with a meet record clearance of 13 feet, 10 ½ inches.

Laurent’s accomplishment comes just one year after teammate Katelyn Rodrigue became the first Lady Tiger to win the pole vault at the Penn Relays with a then school-record mark of 13-7 ¼.

Laurent already owns the LSU indoor and outdoor school records in the event with personal bests of 14-0 ½ indoors and 14-1 ¼ outdoors, while her outdoor seasonal best currently ranks her No. 3 in the NCAA this spring. She became the first LSU pole vaulter to earn All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Her clearance of 13-10 ½ on Thursday eclipses the previous Penn Relays meet record of 13-10 by Amy Linnen of Kansas in the 111th running of the relay carnival in 2005.

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