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BHS graduate sets school pole vault record for Mountaineers

BHS graduate sets school pole vault record for Mountaineers
February 15
13:04 2019

Breckenridge High School 2015 graduate Nocona Swindell set a school record at Western Colorado University in the indoor women’s pole vault when she competed in the Adams State University Grizzly Open in Alamosa, Colorado, last week.

Representing the Western Colorado Mountaineers, she placed first in the contest with a mark of 12’ 2.75”, which is an NCAA Division II Indoor Championship provisional qualifying mark, and currently ranks third best in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The previous indoor women’s pole vault school record at Western Colorado University (formerly known as Western State Colorado University) was held by Airrie Robinson and was set in 2009 at a height of 12’ 2.25”.

Swindell also holds the second highest outdoor women’s pole vault mark in school history, clearing 12’ 4.75” in 2018. Robinson holds the outdoor record at 12’ 6.75”, set in 2010.

When she was a senior at Breckenridge High School, Swindell placed second in pole vault at the UIL State Championship, tying with students from Early and Edna with a mark of 11′ 6″. Also in 2015, Swindell came in second in the UIL Regional championship, setting a personal record at that time of 11’9″. Earlier that year, she placed first in the UIL District and Area championships, as well as at the Possum Kingdom Relays and the Hamlin Piper Relays.

Below is a video of Swindell’s vault, as posted on Instagram by Western Colorado University.

 

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(Top photo and video courtesy of Western Colorado University)

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