Jan. 28, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Tulane track and field's pole vaulter Merritt Van Meter has been honored by Conference USA as the Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week for her record-setting performance at the Cherry and Silver Invitational this past weekend, announced the league offices on Tuesday.
Van Meter bested her personal record and the Tulane indoor top mark in school history in the pole vault when she cleared 4.27 meters (14-0) at the Albuquerque Convention Center at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational on Saturday.
"I feel that Merritt is very deserving of this honor," stated the director of Tulane track and field, Eric Peterson. "I really feel that she competed better than I have ever seen her compete before this past weekend at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. I was as impressed with the number of quality pole vaulters that she beat in that meet. It was her first time clearing 14 feet. We are proud of her for being a strong team leader."
The Metairie, La., native topped the previous school record - one of her own - by four one-hundredths of a meter. Van Meter led a quartet of pole vaulters who had solid days at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday.
At the Cherry and Silver Invitational, which is held at the site of the 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championships, the junior finished second in the event, and the jump shattered her previous season-high of 4.05 meters (13-3.5). Van Meter still owns the top pole vault mark in Conference USA.
Saturday's mark also ties her for fourth in the NCAA in the pole vault this season.
Van Meter shared the honor with UTEP sprinter Janice Jackson who ran the 60 meter dash in a time of 8.11 seconds. It was the first C-USA honor for Van Meter, and the first for Tulane since Rebecca Coady was named the C-USA Athlete of the Week on April 13, 2010.