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Athletes among nation's best

By mrasor Published: January 25, 2006


Here's some updates on Akron runners and jumpers and how they stack up against the rest of the country.

  • Junior John Russell leads the nation (college and professional ranks) in the pole vault with his Superman-ian 18-foot-1 jump. This weekend, however, he is matched up against Brad Gebauer from Michigan State at the Kangaroo Invitational. Gebauer is the ninth best vaulter in the nation.

  • Natalie Sako is tied for second in the nation in the high jump at 5-feet 11.5-inches. She is a MAC champion and All-American.

  • Sophomore Brittany Hocker, the fastest person on campus not named Cedrick Middleton, is tenth nationally with her 400-meter time of 54.39.

The Kangaroo Invitational is Friday at 7 in the Field House. Want to know what a track event is like? Read my previous post about it.

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