Delsea grad Ashley Preston records PR with all-time Villanova #3 mark and wins third straight Big East pole vault title!!!!!

Ashley Preston continued her perfect record at the Big East Championships with her third conference pole vault title in three tries.

Preston, a Delsea graduate and sophomore at Villanova, clear a personal-best 13-3 1/2 Sunday to win the Big East indoor title at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

As a freshman, she won last year’s indoor title at SPIRE at 12-7 1/2 and then won the outdoor title at Icahn Stadium in New York at 13-2 1/4.

Preston passed the first five heights and then cleared 11-11 3/4 on her second try and 12-3 1/2, 12-7 1/2 and 12-11 1/2 on her first try. When nobody else cleared 12-11 1/2, she had the event won.

She had the bar moved up to 13-3 1/2 and cleared it on her second attempt before three attempts at 13-5 1/4.

Preston’s 13-3 1/2 is No. 3 in Villanova history indoors and No. 7 on the overall all-time indoor-outdoor list.

Her previous PR was that 13-2 1/4 last spring. Her previous indoor PR was a 13-1 1/2 at a meet in January in Annapolis, Md.

Her 13-3 1/2 clearance is the best by a Villanova vaulter indoors or outdoors since 2015, when Alexandra Wasik cleared 13-10 at the Armory.

Preston trails only Wasik and Ashlyn Llernadi (13-5 3/4 in 2010) on the all-time Villanova indoor list.

Preston and Wasik are the only three-time Big East pole vault champs in Villanova history.

This fantastic Villanova track history book shows where Preston ranks among all-time Villanova athletes in Big East titles. Considering she’s only halfway through her sophomore year, she’s moving up rapidly!


Click to access pole_vault.pdf

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