#NCAATF Podium Hunt: Andrew Irwin
This is the continued series leading up to the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships in which the Razorbacks’ top qualifiers are featured. For the 12th time since first hosting in 2000, Fayetteville serves as the host site for the national meet. This year’s NCAA Indoor Championships will be contested March 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
A two-day, all-session ticket for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships is $30 for general admission. Tickets for the NCAA meet are available for purchase HERE, by contacting the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-HOGS (4647) or visiting the Ticket Center located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Road.
Andrew Irwin, pole vault
When to Watch
Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. (CT)
How He Qualified
Irwin enters the NCAA Indoor Championships as the No. 2 national qualifier with his school-record clearance of 5.75m/18-10.25 at the Tyson Invitational in February. The Mt. Ida, Ark., native has won six of seven competitions entered this year including a victory at the SEC Championships in which he became just the fourth man in league history to win three indoor pole vault titles. With his seeding mark of 18-10.25 at Tyson, Irwin became the No. 7 event performer in NCAA history. He followed up that effort with an 18-8.25 clearance at the Arkansas Open.
History at the NCAA Championships
Irwin is a two-time NCAA indoor champion in the pole vault with back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. His victory at the 2013 meet came in front of an Arkansas home crowd in Fayetteville. He won the 2013 title with a mark of 5.70m/18-8.25 in a series that included a third-attempt clearance earlier in the competition to stay alive. Irwin is the only Razorback in program history to win an NCAA title in the pole vault and just one of four in SEC history to do so.
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