Wallace finishes second at U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Texas freshman Maston Wallace finished second in the pole vault Friday at the U.S. Junior Track & Field Championships with a vault of 17-04.50 (5.30 meters). With the second-place finish, Wallace advances to the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Wallace opened the competition by clearing his first attempt at 5.00m, making him one of only three vaulters left in the competition. He then cleared the 5.10m mark on his first try to clinch second place in the competition. Wallace cleared the 5.15m mark on his first attempt, and on his second try cleared the 5.30m (17-04.50).
Wallace's attempt at the world championship in Poland will commence with the qualification round Thursday, July 10 at 2:30 a.m. Central.
Wallace won the NCAA Championship last Friday, June 13 with a vault of 17-6.50 (5.35 meters), and the Big 12 Championship May 18 with a personal best of 18-0 12 (5.50 meters).
Wallace is not the only Longhorn in competition in Ohio, as freshman Danzell Fortson will attempt to qualify for Poland in the 400 meters. Fortson will run in the first round of the 400 meters Saturday at 4:40 p.m. Central.