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Vaulters set personal best in Nev.

While the majority of the Duke track and field team sat idle in the Durham cold this weekend, the men’s and women’s pole vaulters escaped to sunny Reno, Nev., for the annual Pole Vault Summit.

Jonathan Fay and Ian Cassidy’s performances highlighted the weekend as each set personal bests by clearing a height of 15-7. Fay’s vault was good enough to earn him a first place finish in his section. The mark was still two inches short of the IC4A Championships qualifying height.

“Jon [Fay] has jumped his best indoors now in his first two meets,” assistant coach Ryan Dall said. “I think this weekend we’ll have a good shot at getting that IC4A qualifier, that’s what we’ll be shooting for.”

Lara Jones was the top women’s performer, clearing 12-0 to set her personal best indoors.

“I think everyone improved over the last week,” Dall said. “That’s what we want to see right now is improvement each week.”

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