Rhoads breaks men’s pole vault record at Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, California – Men’s pole vaulters James Rhodes And Scott Toney represented the University of Pennsylvania track and field team this weekend at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.

Rhoads competed in the Invitational Elite competition and finished as the top collegian in that field, fourth overall, with a Penn record high of 5.62 meters (18 feet 5.25 inches). That breaks a program record that has stood since 1993, when Mamadou Johnson jumped 5.52 meters at the Ivy Heptagonal Championship, and ranks third in Ivy League history behind the marks set the past two years by Princeton duo Sondre and Simen Guttormsen.

Rhoads’ height also allows him to potentially qualify for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, which will take place June 21-30 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Toney competed in the Invitation B Elite division and finished in a tie for fourth place, topping out at 5.20 meters (17 feet 0.75 inches).

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