May 28, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior Bridgid Isworth fell just inches short in her quest for her first NCAA Outdoor Championship berth this afternoon at the Midwest Regional Championships at Texas A&M. Isworth, the No. 17 seed, sailed a season-high 12-10.00 in the pole vault to finish tied for fifth overall with Monica Stevens, a senior from Minnesota. However, the Melbourne, Australia native was unable to match Stevens' mark of 13-01.75 in the tie-breaking jump off.
After training much of the year for the heptathlon, Isworth resumed vaulting midway through the outdoor season. She won the Mountain West Conference title in her third competition and today nearly became the second Lobo, along with automatic qualifier Matt Gonzales (10,000), to secure a spot at the 2004 national championship meet.
In other event action on Friday, 17th-seeded junior Jamie Fishencord placed an impressive 11th in her regional meet debut in the hammer throw. Fishencord recorded a mark of 178-11, fifth among the MWC competitors in the field. Senior Jason Barkemeyer was not as lucky in his final shot performance, fouling on all three attempts. Junior Cameron Clarke, meanwhile, finished 19th in the 5,000, clocking a time of 15:03.13.
Seven Lobos will be competing in a full day of action tomorrow as the NCAA Midwest Regional continues. Junior Amanda Barnes, the seven seed in the women's shot put, will compete at 5 p.m. in the day's marquee event.