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June 13, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Petra Olsen took 12th in the women’s pole vault on the third day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.

After passing on the first bar, Olsen entered the competition at 13’3 ½” (4.05m) and cruised over on her first attempt. She could not vault the next height of 13’7 ¼” (4.15m) and bowed out of the competition.

Today marked Olsen’s third straight NCAA Outdoor Championship appearance. Her finish matches her place in her 2012 NCAA debut as her best nationals result.

Olsen will end her career in the Garnet & Black as the outdoor school record holder at 13’11 ¾ (4.26m), a height that is also the home Weems Baskin Track facility record. She also ranks No. 2 in indoor program history, clearing 13’11” (4.24m) in 2013. With today’s result, the Gamecock will be a five-time All-American.

Tomorrow, redshirt freshman Kaleb Zuidema concludes the Gamecocks run at NCAAs in the men’s javelin. Zuidema makes his NCAA debut at 3:35 p.m. ET.