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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kansas’ Bishop 15th in pole vault

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— Kansas University senior Alex Bishop earned second-team All-America honors after finishing 15th in the pole vault Saturday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Bishop claimed a spot on the second team for the second time in his career after also taking 15th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season.

Bishop, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., entered the meet having hit the 11th-best vault in the NCAA earlier this year, a personal-best clearance of 4.45 meters (17 feet, 101⁄2 inches) at the Armory Invitational on Feb. 8.

Saturday, he cleared 5.30 meters (17-4 1/2).

Bishop’s finish marked the third time in seven years a Jayhawk vaulter has claimed All-America honors in the indoor pole vault.

In the final team standings, the KU women were 39th with five points. KU’s men did not place.

Both men’s and women’s teams will kick off the outdoor season March 26-29 at the Texas Relays.

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