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June 11th, 2012
Bobcat pole vaulter falls short in national bid


DES MOINES, Iowa — Junior pole vaulter Logan Cunningham couldn’t clear a height he’d completed with ease many times before on Friday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association outdoor track and field championship at Drake University.

Logan Cunningham. TEXAS STATE PHOTO

Cunningham passed on the opening height of 5.0 meters, opting instead to start at 5.15 meters. But he was unable to complete the vault in three tries, ending his third run at a national title.

“We remain extremely proud of what Logan accomplished this season. He had some incredible performances this season,” head coach Dana Boone said.

Cunningham tied for the third-best height in the NCAA this spring when he cleared 5.53 meters to win the Southland Conference championship. The jump was the second-highest in Texas State University’s history. In May, Cunningham cleared 5.4 meters in NCAA West preliminaries.

Despite his aborted national campaign this year, Cunningham was given honorable mention as an All-American athlete by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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