Arkansas State University senior Stephanie Foreman claimed 17th place in this Friday's (June 7) pole vault final at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are being held at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Foreman was able to vault a 13-03.50 (4.05m) height on her second opportunity, but was unable to clear 13-07.25 (4.15m) in three attempts in what represented her final collegiate meet.
"It was a tough competition today," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "Stephanie competed hard as she always has and we are all very proud of her and what she has accomplished at Arkansas State."
Foreman, who was crowned the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) indoor and outdoor pole vaultchampion four years apiece, will receive All-America Honorable Mention recognition with her 17th-place showing at the 2013 national meet. Those athletes participating at the NCAA Championships who don't place among the meet's top 16 finishers receive honorable mention All-America honors.
This spring, Foreman established both a new SBC Championships record and a conference outdoor season best-ever mark of 13-08.25 (4.17m) to surpass her own league standard of 13-01.50 (4.00m) set at the 2009 conference meet along with eclipsing the 13-06.25 (4.12m) outdoor season record compiled in 2011. Foreman also owns the distinction of being A-State's current pole vault record holder both outdoor and indoor.
A four-time (2009-11, 13) All-SBC First-Team outdoor selection, Foreman was making her second NCAA Championships appearance this spring in the last three seasons to date. As a sophomore in 2011, Foreman placed 10th in the pole vault at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships (6/11) in Des Moines, Iowa, with a 13-05.25/ 3.96m performance en route to earning All-America Second-Team laurels.
Foreman was selected as the 2012-13 recipient of Arkansas State Athletics' Terry Gwin Award for leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and athletic performance.
Arkansas State's Sharika Nelvis will be vying for an individual national champion honors in the finals of the women's 100-meter hurdles, which will be held this Saturday (June 8) at 5:09 p.m. (CT) and shown live on ESPNU. Nelvis, a junior, earned first-team All-America recognition on Thursday (June 6) after winning her semifinal heat to finish in the top eight and thus qualify for the finals.
Video coverage for this Saturday's (June 8) final day of competition will be available live beginning with Pac-12 Live Stream before switching overto ESPNU. Fans with mobile devices can access the national finals' action via the WatchESPNapp.
2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Saturday (June 8), 2:30-4 p.m. (CT), Pac-12 Live Stream; 4-6 p.m. (CT), ESPNU