SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Jodi Unger concluded her junior season with the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team late Friday with a second-place finish in the pole vault at the North America, Central America, Caribbean (NACAC) Games for Team USA in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Asked to participate in the games by Team USA thanks to her fabulous junior season that saw her set the SEC pole vault record outdoors and earn two all-America honors, Unger not only got a trip to the Dominican Republic but also earned her first international experience with the trip.
“This is a great way for Jodi to conclude the year,” Arkansas assistant coach Bryan Compton said. “She’s been competing for seven months straight now, so she deserves to get some time off and prepare for next year. As a coach I couldn’t have asked for more from her as an athlete and am very proud that she was one of two vaulters selected to compete at NACAC. Her second-place finish is just icing on the cake.”
The entire pole vault field battled a tough wind throughout the competition which several vaulters to fail to clear a single bar including Unger’s USA teammate. Holding a golden opportunity to take her career to the next level, Unger’s experience on the runway was key to her clearing several bars on her way to her final height of 12-10.
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