In their final opportunity to clear a better height or run a faster time to solidify their chance at the National Championship meet, three Cal State Stanislaus track and field standouts made it count Friday night in Turlock.
Both Kasey Burlingham and Denali Foldager broke their own school records and improved on their qualifying marks and times at their school's Twilight Qualifier. The meet was the first track meet held under the lights at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
Burlingham broke his own Warrior Stadium record with a seasonal best in men's pole vault with a clearance of 17 feet, 7 1/2 inches. His previous best this year was 16-10 3/4. Friday's mark solidified him at No. 2 in NCAA Division II. Western Washington's Ryan Brown cleared 17-7 last week.
The NCAA Division II National Championships starts Friday in Charlotte, NC.
Also making a move in pole vault was Kasey's wife, Annie Burlingham. The indoor All-American cleared 12-3 1/2 to move up to No. 14 in the national performance list. Her previous best this year was 12-2 1/2.
In the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, Foldager broke her own school record with an impressive last chance time of 10:46.22, which move her up to 15th in the country and a likely qualifier for the national meet.
Warriors' relay team improves time
The men's 4x400 meter relay team was able to slightly improve on its provisional qualifying time as the Warriors ran a close race with Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday at the Cal State L.A. Last Chance Meet.
The relay team of Terry Gross, Terrance Ellis, Jesse Ooten and Jerome Johnson ran a 3:13.72, which was slightly faster than Friday night's time at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium. Saturday's time was a second-place finish at the meet and moves the Warriors up to 22nd in the nation.
The Warriors had clocked a season-best 3:14.05 Friday night for No. 29 on the performance list for the national meet.