San Diego State’s Bonnie Draxler, who took silver in the pole vault at the NCAA track and field championships. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

San Diego State pole vaulter Bonnie Draxler earned the silver medal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week.

The senior from Wrightstown, Wisc. tied her own school record by clearing 14-09.50 at the meet in Austin, Tex.

This was the second time this year Draxler has finished as the NCAA runner-up, this time to Arkansas vaulter Victoria Hoggard.

“Bonnie had an outstanding competition,” coach Rich Fox said Thursday. “I am really proud of her accomplishments and the way she competed.”

Hoggard needed a new personal best, clearing 14-11.50 on her second try, to outpace Draxler. Her teammate, Alexis Jacobus, bested Draxler earlier this year at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Also competing Thursday was the SDSU 4x400m relay ream, Sakura Roberson, Lisa-Anne Barrow, Jalyn Harris and Nyjari McNeil. They finished in 3:33.64, good for the 11th best time in a field of 24. USC won the relay.

San Diego State’s time was 0.16 of a second off the mark they set last month at the NCAA West Prelims.

Head coach Sheila Burrell said after the meet: “This very young team beat a lot of extremely strong teams … We came in ranked 15th and finished 11th, close to our season best and healthy. I’m looking forward to coming back next year stronger and hungrier.”

With their finishes, Draxler and the relay team members earned All-American honors. With her second place finish, Draxler will be named a first-team All-American, her second first-team honor and fourth overall.

For their 11th place finish, the SDSU relay team earned second-team All-American honors.

Though the SDSU track and field season has ended, Draxler will compete at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships beginning July 25 at Drake University in Des Moines.

– Staff reports

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