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Morris Earns World Recognition in Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. — Competing at her first World Indoor Championships former Arkansas standout Sandi Morris made Team USA and Razorback nation proud vaulting to a second-place finish to close out her indoor season.

Coming off a fantastic outing at last weekend’s USATF Indoor Championships Morris proved her personal best performance was no fluke showing veteran poise as she pursued the World indoor pole vault title. The 2015 NCAA indoor champion made quick work of the first three heights clearing each on first attempts. Faltering slightly at 4.75m/15-7 Morris regrouped and continued her once-and-over trend at 4.80m/15-9 to stay in the hunt for the top award.

Morris became a part of history as the night marked the first time that four women had ever made it over the 4.80m/15-9 mark in the same competition.

One of only two vaulters to clear 4.85m/15-11 Morris ranked second behind indoor world record-holder and teammate Jenn Suhr going into the 4.90m/16-0.75 bar. As Nicole Buchler of Switzerland and Ekaterini Stafanidi of Greece failed to clear the raised bar following their passes at 4.85m/15-11 Morris was left to contend for the gold with Suhr.

After two close attempts at 4.90m/16-0.75 Morris elected to pass on to 4.95m/16-2.75. Making one last valiant attempt at a 16 foot clearance Morris exited the competition gracefully as the 2016 World indoor silver-medalist in the pole vault.

#ProHog Competition Schedule

Friday, March 18
1:15 p.m. – Makeba Alcide, pentathlon (60mH)
1:45 p.m. – Marek Niit, 400 meters (heats)
2:15 p.m. – Makeba Alcide, pentathlon (high jump)
4:25 p.m. – Makeba Alcide, pentathlon (shot put)
7:15 p.m. – Makeba Alcide, pentathlon (long jump)
9:45 p.m. – Marek Niit, 400 meters (semis)*
10:10 p.m. – Makeba Alcide, pentathlon (800m)

Saturday, March 19
7:05 p.m. – Omar McLeod, 60-meter hurdles (heats)
9:05 p.m. – Marek Niit, 400 meters (finals)*

Sunday, March 20
2:40 p.m. – Omar McLeod, 60-meter hurdles (semis)*
3:10 p.m. – Kemoy Campbell, 3,000 meters
4:20 p.m. – Regina George, 4×400-meter relay (finals)
4:40 p.m. – Omar McLeod, 60-meter hurdles (finals)*

*participation requires qualification

2016 IAAF World Indoor Championship Broadcast Schedule (Central time)
Thursday, March 17
9:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m. live stream

Friday, March 18
12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. live stream
11:30 p.m.–1 a.m. NBCSN (delayed)

Saturday, March 19
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. live stream
8:30 p.m.–10 p.m. NBCSN (live)

Sunday, March 20
2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. live stream
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. NBCSN (live)

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