GENEVA, Ohio – Eastern Oregon University student-athlete, Robbie Haynie, defended his pole vault title at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships Saturday.
The senior won his fifth NAIA national title, second at this meet, after a 16 feet, 10.75 inch mark in the pole vault. Haynie won the event for the second straight year.
Haynie’s 2012 mark of 5.15 meters was higher than his 2011 title mark of 5.10 meters. The Nampa, Idaho, native continues to be the only male in school history to win an indoor national title, and now he has four. Four athletes tied for second Saturday in the pole vault at 15 feet, 11 inches.
The Mountaineers sent seven student-athletes to the meet, and all seven finished as All-Americans. That feat bests last year’s six athletes finishing as All-Americans for a new school record.
Alma Garcilazo raced to a fourth place, All-American, finish in the women’s 800 meters. Her finals time of 2:12.62 scored five points for the EOU women. Karlee Coffey crossed the line in fourth place in the women’s 3,000 meters with a time of 10:15.32.
Eastern had another fourth place, All-American, finish as Brian Bragg crossed the finish line at 8:32.38 in the men’s 3,000 meters. John Elllingson finished sixth in the pole vault at 15 feet, five inches.
The Mountaineer men finished with 34.35 points, while the EOU women had 14 points. The Eastern men finished a school-record high in seventh place, while the women were 14th.