Shoulder problems sidelined Northern Michigan University’s record-breaking pole vaulter.
But look for Kingsford’s Jaime Roberts competing again with the 2014 indoor-outdoor track & field season.
“It’s been kind of a bummer sitting out but I’ll be back,” said Roberts, who missed the recent indoor campaign and will also be a spectator for the upcoming outdoor schedule.
Roberts, who holds NMU pole vault record at 12-feet-8, battled through the injury during the 2012 outdoor season. She’s now on the mend from surgery to repair a tear in the left shoulder.
Roberts, a three-sport star for the Flivvers, has been keeping tabs on the other pole vaulters and their heights.
Ashland’s Katie Nageotte, who won the Division 2 national championship at 13-feet-11.25, qualified from the Great Lakes Conference meet at 14-feet-2.5 (second-highest in NCAA Division II history). Two other vaulters from NMU’s Great Lakes Conference also qualified for nationals.
“They’re going up,” Roberts said of the pole vaulting marks. “It’s insane.”
While on the subject of track & field, Norway’s Nicole Vanderlin (St. Norbert College) and Dani Gagne (Hillsdale) turned in solid freshmen seasons. Vanderlin qualified for the NCAA Division 3 nationals in high jump.
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