Forstein sets record for pole vault

Brad Frank and Brad Frank

A coaching staff really couldn’t ask for much more.

Entering the Tom Wright Classic on Saturday the BG women’s track and field team wanted be consistent in the way it approached the competition, have some athletes compete in other events to strengthen them for their primary events, and also rest some athletes with minor injuries.

The team accomplished what it wanted and was afforded a nice surprise in the process.

Senior Sabrina Forstein broke the school record in the pole vault. Her mark of 3.76 meters exceeds the previous record of 3.74 set by Andrea Cook in 2001.

The Falcons won nine of the 17 events Saturday, achieving the best balance as a team between the field and running events so far this season.

The meet was a non-scored open event. The Falcons were one of four women’s teams to participate.

BG coach Cami Wells praised the team’s effort in its third consecutive meet at home.

“I thought they did a really nice job today and stepped up. Overall the effort across the board I was pleased with,” Wells said. “To have Sabrina set the record in the pole vault was definitely the highlight.”

Entering the meet Wells wanted to see some consistency in the way the team approached its competition.

“The important thing is to continue to rise to the level of competition you have,” she said.

“To be able to step in there and continue to concentrate on the things we need to do to be successful and not let the competition intimidate us and change our approach to anything, this gives them a chance to get settled in. They’re hungry for a lot more though.”

The Falcons were scheduled to compete at the Meyo Invitational this coming weekend in South Bend, Ind., but Wells said the team will not travel and instead use the weekend to rest.