Jan. 5, 2008

RENO, Nev. -

Jan. 4, 2008

RENO, Nev. - Seven UT Arlington track athlete will find themselves at the mecca of pole vaulting Saturday as they compete at the 18th Annual National Pole Vault Summit at the Reno Livestock Event Center.

Saturday's event is the culmination of two days of learning all the techniques and training to be a better vaulter for people ranging from high-school aged, college aged and elite vaulters.

The event center will be set up with as many as 12 runways and landing areas for constant action during the Saturday competition.

"This is one of the premiere pole vaulting competitions in the country and this is a great way for our athletes to start the season," said UTA Head Track and Field Coach John Sauerhage said. "The vault are a key part of our team. We have scored well in the vault the last couple of years and it is important to continue that tradition. Both Jared and Wade had big years last year and we need them ready to take it to the next level."

UT Arlington will have NCAA region qualifiers Wade Hayes and Jared Tuel competing. Both cleared 16-feet, 06.75-inches in their outdoor season last year. Tuel, a sophomore from White Oak finished 17th at the NCAA Regional and fourth during the SLC Indoor meet.

Hayes, a junior, earned all-SLC honors in both the indoor and outdoor season last year. Hayes was instrumental in helping the men's team win the SLC Outdoor team title for the first time in a decade.

Joining Tuel and Hayes will be Corey Carswell, a sophomore from Marshall, Texas.

In the women's competition, newcomers Nina Guerrero and Samantha Jo Nash will compete. Both were district champions as seniors last season. Nash has a personal-best leap of 11-06, while Guerrero's best is 10-06 while at Arlington Bowie High School.



Also expected to participate are returnees Lauren Marks and Chelsea Pope.


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