SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two more Montana State track and field athletes earned All-America honors Saturday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
MSU pole vaulter Ellie Rudy finished in a tie for sixth while Erin Jones-Graf finished ninth in the heptathlon.
Rudy, a sophomore from Woodland Park, Colo., cleared 13 feet, 3.5 inches before missing three tries at 13-7.25. She cleared 13-5.25 in the preliminaries and 13-7.75 at the regional meet. Matching her regional height could have had her finishing as high as third.
MSU track and field coach Dale Kennedy said Rudy had "great looks at 13-7, she was way over the bar twice and kicked it on the way down."
"Ellie certainly turned some heads here when people saw that she's only a sophomore," Kennedy said. "This won't be the last time Ellie competes at a national meet."
Jones-Graf, a senior from Harlowton, had personal best marks in four of the seven events, scoring a school record 5,434 points. She earned All-America honors, which are given to the top eight Americans in each event, along with international student-athletes that finish in the top eight.
"Erin was really at the top of her game," Kennedy said. "She was very, very solid all the way through. She was a little disappointed with her mark in the hurdles (on Friday), but instead of letting it bother her, she went to the shot put and hit a (lifetime best)."