Texas pole vaulter Kally Long during practice on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Kally Long ties personal record at New Mexico Classic

Posted February 4th, 2017

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Texas pole vaulters and throwers performed well to close out the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday.

Kally Long highlighted Saturday’s action as she cleared a personal-record 14 feet, 6 inches in the women’s pole vault event. She finished in fourth place and was the top collegiate competitor and remains No. 3 in the NCAA.

Long made three attempts at 14-10, but didn’t clear the height.

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“You’re always kind of worried that they get stagnant and that they can’t emotionally get up,” assistant coach Ty Sevin said of vaulting. “Each and every week Kally has been able to come out and perform at such a high level that it’s encouraging knowing that when she gets into a situation where she’s going to have to make that next bar, that she’s jumped at it multiple times at other meets.”

David Rueff broke a personal record in the shot put with a throw of 51-4¼, and Elena Bruckner took fifth place in the women’s event. Bruckner’s toss went 51-5. Lauryn Caldwell finished in sixth, right behind Bruckner.

Charles Mills competed in the mile and ran a time of 4:20.80 to finish in ninth place.

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