Track & Field News
Women's Track & Field Under Armour Athlete of the Week - Week 4
ALYSSA SMITH • CLACKAMAS
SOPHOMORE • JUMPS
Alyssa Smith, Evergreen HS / Vancouver, WA.
Event: Pole Vault, Mark: 11' 9.75" (3.60m) (top mark in NWAC)
Event: Hammer, Mark 117' 3" (35.73m)
Event: 4x400m Relay, Mark: 4:16.69 (top mark in NWAC)
"Alyssa has been working hard to perfect her vault and hitting the 11'9" was only a matter of time," said Cougar head coach Keoni McHone. "She has remained positive through some of the less than desirable competitions. She did something quite remarkable during this competition. She took off for a vault, but the pole she moved up to was too stiff. It sent her back onto the runway where she was able to land on her feet. She walked back and grabbed the next smaller pole, got on the runway, ran down and cleared 11'. I have never seen a vaulter get rejected and then clear the vault within the allotted time. She also had a great hammer competition and ran a solid 4 x 400 leg on the NWAC leading time."