EUGENE, Ore. – First full year of Division I, first national champion. With a torn ligament in her left shoulder, South Dakota pole vaulter Bethany Buell cleared 14 feet, 7¼ inches on her third and final attempt to become South Dakota’s first Division I national champion on Friday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. The junior from St. Louis tied the D-I national championship record with a clutch jump to edge Kansas’ Natalia Bartonovskaya and Eastern Illinois’ Jade Riebold, who both finished at 14-5¼. USD teammate Emily Grove added First-Team All-America honors by finishing seventh after vaulting a season high 14-1¼. The two combined to earn 12 points for the USD women’s team.
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