San Diego State pole vaulter Bonnie Draxler. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

Pole vaulter Bonnie Draxler and the San Diego State 4x400m relay team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which begin June 8 in Austin, Tex.

The relay team’s time at the Sacramento NCAA West Prelims last month was 3:33.48, the second-best in school history and the fastest by SDSU since 1985.

The team of Sakura Roberson, Lisa-Anne Barrow, Jalyn Harris and Nyjari McNeil made it possible for the Aztecs to send a 4x400m relay team to the NCAA championships for the second straight year. The team finished sixth in the race; 12 teams qualified for the championships.

Texas A&M ran the fastest relay, in 3:29:01.

Prior to 2018, SDSU hadn’t had a 4x400m relay team qualify for nationals since 2006. This year’s team won the gold medal at the Mountain West championships.

Draxler qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing eighth in the pole vault competition.

She cleared 14-02.00, which tied for the best height. This will be her fourth career appearance at the NCAA championships. She was the national runner-up three months ago at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

With the success at the prelims, SDSU has now had at least one representative at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 22 of the past 23 years; 11 Aztecs qualified to compete at the prelims.

– Staff reports

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