March 1, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - Sophomore pole vaulter Merritt Van Meter inched closer to competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend by clearing 4.00 meters (13-1.50) at the LSU Last Chance Qualifier in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday night.
"It was what we needed after a rough Conference USA meet," stated Tulane assistant track and field coach for jumps Doug Fraley. "Merritt needed to get her rhythm back after a tough meet last week, and she did. We got a lot accomplished today."
Van Meter was one of only three pole vaulters to compete in the LSU Last Chance Qualifier, with the other two competitors coming from LSU. Van Meter cleared 4.00 meters for the fourth time this season. Lacey Sanchez of LSU finished in second with a jump of 3.70 meters (12-1.50), while LSU's Brianne Bergeron did not clear her first jump.
Van Meter currently sits tied for 12th in the nation with a jump of 4.23 meters (13-10.5). The NCAA Indoor Championships takes the top 16 performers in each event. That meet will take place next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. Coincidentally, Van Meter's top jump came at the Tyson Invitational, also held in Fayetteville.
Tomorrow, the rest of the Tulane track and field squad will open their outdoor season at the Tulane Team Challenge at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Tulane will host Dillard, UNO, Southeastern Louisiana, Xavier and Loyola.
The Tulane Team Challenge will end a day that is full of events at City Park for Tulane's athletic department, with the fifth annual Tulane 5K taking place in the morning prior to the football team's spring scrimmage.
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RESULTS FOR LSU LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER
1. Merritt Van Meter, 4.00m (13-1.50)