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Foster Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Week

Kyley Foster broke the University of North Dakota outdoors school record in the pole vault last week, a record she already owned. Photo courtesy: Carl Piper

Sophomore Kyley Foster of Detroit Lakes entered last weekend holding both the indoor and outdoor pole vaulting records for the University of North Dakota. Thursday, she bested that outdoor record.

For her efforts, Foster was named the Big Sky Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week; it was announced on Monday afternoon by the conference office, for her record-breaking performance in California.

Competing at Long Beach State’s Pacific Coast Intercollegiate last Thursday, Foster broke her own school record in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, 3.25 inches (4.06) meters to become the first Big Sky athlete to clear 13 feet this season.

It was the 10th-best jump in Big Sky Conference history and topped her own previous school record (12-06.25) by more than half a foot that she set last season in Myrtle Beach, N.C.

Foster, a native of Detroit Lakes, Minn., currently ranks first in the Big Sky and 26th in the west region after Thursday’s performance.

“Kyley struggled a bit in the beginning, but once we got things figured out she started rolling,” said jumping coach Joe Silvers. “It was a good day for her, but she is a competitor. She is excited, but she is always looking towards that next bar.”

Foster and her North Dakota teammates return to action this weekend at North Dakota State’s Lyle Hokanson Classic (April 22) and UC-San Diego’s Triton Invitational (April 22-23).