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On the record: UA’s Annika Roloff wins national title in pole vault

Staff report • University of Akron sophomore Annika Roloff won the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., to become the fifth individual national champion in school history and the second member of the Zips track and field program to do so this year. Roloff edged Indiana’s Kelsie Ahbe of Green for the title. Both cleared 14 feet, 5¼ inches, but Roloff was declared the winner with fewest misses at lower heights. Roloff fought off elimination twice and cleared 13-11¼ and 14-3¼ on her third attempt before taking control of the competition by going over the bar on her first try at 14-5¼. Roloff’s championship goes along with Shawn Barber’s 2014 NCAA indoor pole vault title. Barber was runner-up in the outdoor event. Roloff joins Barber, Stevi Large (2009, women’s hammer throw) and Christi Smith (2000, women’s heptathlon) as track national champions. Jenna Compton was the NCAA Air Rifle Champion in 2009. Roloff, a native of Holzminden, Germany, swept the indoor and outdoor pole vault titles in the Mid-American Conference and placed third at the NCAA Indoor Championships during her first season at UA. She has school records for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Roloff earned first-team All-America honors to give the Zips five for the championships week, a program high. Teammates Claire Lucas placed 18th with a top height of 13-3½ and Caroline Hasse did not clear a bar. • Kent State University sophomore Dior Delophont placed 10th in the high jump, clearing 5-10¾ on her second attempt. Delophont currently owns Kent State’s best mark in high jump at 6-1½ (2013). KSU’s Danniel Thomas finished with a best throw of 55-1, earning ninth in the shot put. This concludes her notable sophomore year, which included school records in both the outdoor shot put and discus. Teammate Joh’Vonnie Mosley also competed in the shot put final, but faulted on her first three attempts.

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