09 Dec 2021 | 15:12 | Track & Field
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Junior pole vaulter Ashley Preston (Franklinville, N.J.) tied the second-best outdoor mark in school history with a clearance of 4.06 meters to highlight competition for Villanova in the Quaker Invite at Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon. There were five events on the schedule for the Wildcats at Saturday’s local meet.
Preston cleared four meters in the pole vault for the fourth time in her career and the second time outdoors. She came into the competition with the bar at 3.80 meters and quickly made it over on her first attempt. She then missed on her first tries at 3.95 meters and 4.06 meters, but each time cleared the bar on her second try. Preston took three attempts at 4.11 meters which were unsuccessful but still settled for a new personal best with Saturday’s result.
The only previous Villanova athletes to clear 4.06 meters or higher in the pole vault outdoors are Alexandra Wasik (4.15m) and Kathleen McPhillips (4.06m) who recorded the top marks of their careers in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Preston had previously jumped 4.05 meters indoors at the BIG EAST Championships in 2020 and 4.02 meters outdoors at the BIG EAST Championships as a freshman in 2019. Senior Cala Lejman (Ambler, Pa.) also competed in the pole vault at the Quaker Invite and came in third with a height of 3.65 meters.
Sophomore sprinter and jumper Faith Robinson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) recorded a time of 12.90 in the 100 meters and produced a mark of 5.26 meters to finish third in the long jump. Junior Jennifer Barbour (Middletown, Conn.) finished just behind Robinson in the long jump with a distance of 5.10 meters.
Also in action for the Wildcats were freshman middle distance runners Elizabeth Vaughn (Dayton, Ohio) and Kate Flynn (Gray, Tenn.). Vaughn ran the 1500 meters in 4:47.15 and Flynn posted a time of 2:37.59 in the 800 meters.