Arthur Is Vaulting His Way to Nationals with Second Place Finish at UNC Classic Meet

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Jon Arthur finished second in the pole vault at the University of North Carolina Classic Meet Saturday afternoon with a height of 15'9", which was a new indoor school record and provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Houston, Texas.


Arthur (Pine Level, N.C.), a junior, is now ranked eighth in the nation with six weeks to go in the indoor season and only the top 12 are invited to nationals.

He finished first in flight and was second overall at the UNC Classic over the weekend.

Sophomore Ryan Oakes (Maysville, N.C.) is currently 13th in the nation with a mark of 4.75m.

"I am very proud of Jon's performance," head coach Ley Fletcher said. "I am also very pleased with the great work that Jason Davis our assistant track and field coach has done with our pole vaulters."

Arthur and Oakes will lead the Bobcats and look to improve on their heights as the team travels to East Tennessee State January 31st for their next indoor meet.