Thull sets NU record

Thull sets NU record

By Adam Riglian

Freshman Jordan Thull vaulted the height of his life at the BU Multi-Team Meet Monday, shattering the Northeastern indoor and overall record with a 17-foot, three-quarter inch vault.

“The sky’s the limit for him, he’s just a freshman, there is a lot of upside to him,” said head coach Sherman Hart.

“We want him to go toward the national level as quickly as possible.”

The records Thull broke had stood for 25 years, both set by Don Heyburn in the 1982-83 indoor-outdoor seasons. The freshman’s height at the meet gives him the second-best pole vault by a freshman in the nation.

It also places him among the top 25 vaulters in the NCAA.

Thull’s performance was the highlight of a meet that also featured event victories from senior Semiu Alli in the shot put (51-5.5) and junior Bamidele Faboyede in the weight throw (56-1.75).

Northeastern athletes also competed late last week in the Harvard Select Meet, sending a limited team. Second-place finishes went to sophomore Nate Hunter in the shot put, Thull in the pole vault and Faboyede in the weight throw.

The team’s limited presence at these two meets is by design, giving key runners a break before the Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup at Pennsylvania State University.

“There are going to be a lot of good teams at Penn State; Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Georgetown. We wanted to rest some of our better athletes before the meet,” Hart said.

This highly competitive meet replaces the Tyson Invitational Northeastern competed in last season. Both are tough meets, but Hart pointed his team toward this one as the track at Penn State is rumored to be one of the fastest tracks in the country.

“We heard Penn State was a faster track than Arkansas, which is hard to believe, so we have to go and check that out,” Hart said. “I am expecting some really good times this weekend.”

The Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup takes place Friday and Saturday at Penn State University.

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