Thursday, May 23, 2013LA CROSSE, Wis. - Westminster College freshman pole vaulter Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) finished in fifth-place at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, earning the distinction of All-American in the process.
Kalsey cleared 3.75 meters to become the first female two-time All-American in Westminster track & field history. "I was surprised when I heard that," Kalsey said. "I didn't realize that if I earned another All-American that I would accomplish that, so that's cool and exciting."
Kalsey, who broke the school's indoor pole vault record with a 3.95 meters mark at Indoor Nationals where she earned the distinction of All-American, ranked fourth in the country in outdoor pole vault with a school-record mark of 3.97 meters coming into today's competition.
"I think [pole vault coach] Bradi Rhoades has done an awesome job and has made me better since I got here, added Kalsey. "Overall, it was an awesome year and I'm glad I came to Westminster because I have improved a lot. Hopefully, I place first at nationals in the future."
Updated: May 24, 1:00 p.m.
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Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
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