|Gurganus record falls at state track meet|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Tuesday, 25 May 2010 12:07|
Former Pioneer Sallie Gurganus finally saw her state record fall on Saturday at state track meet in the pole vault event.
Gurganus, a senior at the University of South Carolina, won five state championships (a Watauga High school record) during her tenure with the Pioneers track and field program. She capped off her senior year by winning her fifth and final state title with a record-jump at the time of 12-feet, one inch in 2006.
Unfortunately as the old cliché goes, records are made to be broken. And that’s what happened on Saturday at the state track meet. Cassie Crawford of Panther Creek shattered Gurgranus’ record by clearing the bar at 12-feet, six inches to win the state title.
But despite losing her grip on the state record, Gurganus still owns the school record at 12-1 and for winning five state titles in the pole vault event. Her best effort at South Carolina came last season at the NCAA Last-Chance Indoor Meet. She cleared the bar with a personal-best jump of 13-2 ¼ and finished sixth.
Gurganus was also an NCAA East Regional qualifier last spring during the outdoor season. She qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries last weekend with an effort of 12-6 and will compete at North Carolina A&T May 27-29. The top 12 finishers will qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR June 9-12.
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