FAYETTEVILLE – In recognition of his success with the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team, assistant coach Bryan Compton was awarded National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year accolades last weekend at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. Compton is in his 14th season with the Razorbacks, working primarily with the team’s pole vaulters and throwers.
During the 2011 season, Compton coached Tina Sutej to, among many highlights, the national title at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, two Southeastern Conference titles and two collegiate records. Sutej was the 2011 USTFCCCA National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for The Bowerman, the first athlete in Arkansas history to be selected.
Overall, the Razorbacks’ vaulters collected four All-America honors last year between Sutej and Tara Diebold, who also turned in personal-best performances during the 2011 season. During his career at Arkansas, Compton has seen his vaulters collect 27 All-America selections
Through the first two meets of the 2012 season, Sutej has the No. 1 mark in the NCAA with her clearance of 14-3.25 at the Kentucky Invitational. She is the first student-athlete this season to hit the NCAA auto mark in the pole vault. Diebold is currently ranked 14th in the country in the event.
Arkansas returns to action Jan. 27-28 with the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.