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Morgan keeps Warrior tradition alive with pole vault win
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Sian Morgan captured the 2012 CCAA title in women's pole vault as she helped keep the Cal State Stanislaus winning tradition alive in the sport on Saturday.
Morgan, a junior from San Luis Obispo, cleared a career-best 12 feet, four inches for the victory at the CCAA Track & Field Championships at Jesse Owens Track at Cal State L.A. Morgan became the fifth Warrior in the last six years - and the seventh during the CCAA era - to win the conference championship in women's pole vault.
Morgan, who also improved on her provisional qualifying mark, cleared the winning height on her third try to edge out teammate Kristy Long. Long finished second at 11-3. Morgan's win also gave the Warriors double-victories in men's and women's pole vault.
On Friday, Caleb Monticalvo won the men's pole vault. Also on Friday, Stanislaus athletes Ryan Gates and Katie Busi grabbed double-victories in men's and women's hammer throw.
In the 3000-meter steeplechase, the Warriors went 2-3 in the race with Courtney Anderson finishing second in 11:00.44. Anderson, who is a NCAA championship automatic qualifier in the event, had entered the meet as the top ranked runner in the CCAA. Denali Foldager was just one step behind Anderson in third (11:00.70).
In other women's finals on Saturday, three sprinters finished in the top eight of the 400-meter dash with Derrhea McLiechey leading the way with a season-best 55.78 seconds for fourth. Misha Strong was fifth in 56.12 and Christina Matthews eighth in 58.30.
The trio of McLiechey, Strong and Matthews, along with Chavariana Ryan were part of the second-place finishing 4x400-meter relay team. The Warriors (3:47.07) trailed UC San Diego's group with the winning time of 3:44.84.
Marina Ghabbour was the top Warrior in the 1500 (sixth, 4:48.37) with Alyssa Thiele scoring in eighth (4:49.39) and Rachel Naranjo was seventh in the 800 (2:23.31). Rio Schwalbach picked up two points for the Warriors with a seventh place showing in the triple jump (36-2 1/4).
Chico State was the three-peat as the women's team champion by edging out UC San Diego and Cal State L.A in the team points standings. The Stanislaus women finished fifth.