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Posted: April 12, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Arkansas' Stripling Wins Vault at John Jacobs Invite

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Junior Katie Stripling led a group of Arkansas Razorback pole vaulters at the John Jacobs Invitational at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday.

Stripling won the event with a clearance of 13-11.25. Her jump is a season best, an improved regional qualifier and ties for the fourth-best jump in Arkansas school history. She currently ranks fourth in the NCAA and second in the SEC.

Junior Janice Keppler also improved her regional-qualifying mark. She cleared 13-1.5 to finish third. Senior Sarah Landau was fourth with a clearance of 13-1.5, also a regional qualifier.

Freshman Tina Sutej cleared 12-7.5 to finish sixth and sophomore Tara Diebold was seventh with a height of 12-1.5.

Next up for Arkansas will be the John McDonnell Invitational, Fri.-Sat, April 17-18 at John McDonnell Field. For more information, visit

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