CLAREMONT, Calif. – Linfield’s delegation to the 2012 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships may be small, but the Wildcats’ goals are far from it.
Catherine Street, this year’s indoor national champion and a six-time All-American, and Misty Corwin, an All-American in 2010, fully expect to be in the same location at the conclusion of the pole vault competition: on the medal stand.
And for Street, the aspirations are even higher; any spot other than the top of the stand would be a disappointment for the incredibly driven senior.
Street enters the championship meet with the second-seeded mark of the field of 22, just behind reigning outdoor champion and all-time divisional record holder Abby Schaffer of Moravian. Four weeks ago, Street set the Division III standard (13 feet, 9¾ inches) while claiming her fourth consecutive Northwest Conference title, only to have Schaffer top it by a mere quarter of an inch not 24 hours later.
The two rivals have gone back and forth over the past couple of years, with Schaffer winning both the indoor and outdoor titles in 2011 and Street claiming the indoor crown this season. The odds are better than good that one of them takes home the outdoor title.
Corwin, meanwhile, vaulted a career-best 12 feet, 6¾ inches earlier this year, a mark that puts her sixth among the 22 entries. She looks to repeat as an All-American after attaining an eighth-place finish as a sophomore at the 2010 championships.
While the championship meet begins Thursday, fans must wait until Saturday for the pole vault competition. Action begins at 12:30 p.m. PDT and can be followed via live stats here.
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