Monterola Advances to Nationals in Pole Vault

Robin Taylor misses cut while Davis and King prepare for Saturday

Keisa Monterola is headed back to the national stage.

The Eastern Washington University All-American hit a mark of 13-8 1/4 in the pole vault at the NCAA Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, on Friday (May 25) to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9. Monterola’s vaulting teammate Robin Taylor was also at the meet, but her jump of 12-4 1/2 wasn’t enough to advance.

“Now that Keisa is officially in nationals, we are expecting big things from her,” said women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg. “Hopefully she gets All-America status again.”

Monterola earned that All-America status at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championship after placing fifth with a jump of 14-1 1/4. Her ultimate goal is to qualify for the Olympics. In order to do that, Monterola must reach a height of 14-5 1/4.

“It’s always better competing outdoors,” said vault coach Eric Allison. “Hopefully adding that into the equation will land her All-American again.”

Taylor was making her first appearance at a preliminary meet, and her performance showed her coaches that she has a lot left to give to EWU the next two years. Her career-best in the vault is 13-7 1/4.

“Robin had a great year with tons of improvement,” said Allison. “She wanted to jump higher in the meet, but she had a great time in Texas. She learned a lot.”

The regional meet concludes for the Eagles tomorrow as Kyle King (5,000) and Shene Davis(triple jump) prepare for their final event.

“They’re both great athletes, so we will see how well they perform tomorrow,” Mecklenburg said.

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