5.22.14 WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: Foster Becomes Two-Time All-American With Third Place Finish at Nationals

Women's Track & Field, 2014-05-22

(ALLENDALE, Mich.) – Stephanie Foster (Sr., Lodi, OH/Cloverleaf) finished her superb career with a third-place finish in the 2014 Division II National Championships to become a two-time NCAA All-American. Her final height that she cleared was 4.10 meters, or 13 feet 5.25 inches.

Foster became Walsh’s first NCAA All-American after she finished fourth in the indoor national championships in March. All-Americans are determined by those who place at the national championships.

Foster opted to pass on attempting 3.60 and 3.70 meter attempts and started out with a clear of 3.80 meters in her first attempt. She successfully vaulted over her first attempt at 3.90 meters as well. Foster missed her first attempt at 4.00 meters, but recovered well to clear the mark on her second attempt.

Four other pole-vaulters also cleared the mark, but indoor national champion Brigitte Gross from Sioux Falls and No. 1 see Kristen Hixson from Grand Valley did so on their first attempt to be placed ahead of Foster as the competition continued. Missouri S&T’s Taylor Cipicchio and Grand Valley’s Jennifer Schornak cleared 4.00 on their final attempt to fill the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Once at 4.10 meters, Gross and Hixson both cleared the height in their first attempt while Foster did  on her second try. Cipicchio and Schornak both couldn’t clear the mark to leave the three to try 4.20 meters.

Neither Foster nor Gross could clear 4.20 meters, but Gross earned second place based on attempts. Hixson cleared the mark on her first attempt to break her own championship record of 4.15 meters in 2012.