NW Flyer alum, Jacob Wooten, advances thru the 1st round of the 2021 US Olympic trials in Eugene, OR

NW Flyers, Tomball Memorial HS, and TX A&M track alum and volunteer assistant coach, Jacob Wooten, began his competition for the pole vault on the US Olympic team. He had a fantastic first day on Saturday, June 19th by finishing 7th in the preliminary rounds. He vaulted to a season’s best performance of 18′ 6 1/2″. The pole vault final round is Monday, June 21st where only the top three get to represent the US at the Summer 2021 Tokyo Olympics. We wish Jacob the best of luck in the finals. Let us all tune in to support Jacob.

Coverage is provided by NBC and NBCSN over the eight nights of competition, including six in primetime on NBC. Additionally, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app present exclusive streaming coverage of select field events, including long jump, pole vault, shot put, hammer, javelin, discus, 20km race walk, decathlon, and heptathlon. Live results are provided through Flashresults.com. Set your DVR to record “US Olympic Trials – Track & Field” for the next week!

Jacob’s collegiate and high school bio:

  • SENIOR (2019) – Outdoors: Silver medalist in pole vault at SEC Championships, clearing 18-2 ½ (5.55) … Finished 15th in NCAA Championships (17-6 ½ | 5.35) … Cleared 17-7 (5.36) during NCAA West Preliminary round … Started outdoor season placing third at Baldy Castillo Invitational (17-5 | 5.31) … Missed a month of action, returning to win Michael Johnson Invitational with a season outdoor best of 18-8 ¾ (5.71) … Also won at A&M Alumni Muster (18-4 ¾ | 5.61).
    • Indoors: Bronze medalist with career best 18-9 ½ (5.73) at NCAA Championships … Silver medalist in SEC Championships with a mark of 18-6 (5.64) … Won four meets indoors – Ted Nelson Invitational (18-3 ¾ | 5.58), Texas A&M Triangular (17-7 | 5.36), Charlie Thomas Invitational (17-3 ¾ | 5.28), Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational (18-9 ¼ | 5.72) … Runner-up at Reveille Invitational (17-1 ½ | 5.22) and Texas Tech Classic (18-1 ¼ | 5.52).
  • JUNIOR (2018): Cleared 18-2 ½ (5.55) in placing fourth at NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-America honors … Silver medalist at SEC Championships with clearance of 17-8 ½ (5.40) … Started outdoor season placing fourth at Baldy Castillo Invitational (17-0 ¾), then finished second at UTSA Roadrunner Invitational (17-10 ½) … Placed ninth at Texas Relays (17-6 ½) … Finished second at Houston Alumni Invitational (16-10 ¾) and third at Michael Johnson Invitational (17-9) …
    • Indoors, placed seventh at NCAA Championships (18-0 ½) … Gold medalist at SEC Championships (17-3 ¾) … Campaign started with a series of victories at Reveille Invitational (17-6 ½), Ted Nelson Invitational (17-5 ½), Texas A&M Quadrangular (18-1 ¼) and Razorback Invitational (18-2 ¾ | 5.56) … The winning effort at Arkansas set a school record … Following a runner-up effort at Charlie Thomas Invitational (17-7 ¼), he improved the school record to 18-4 ½ (5.60) with a win at Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational.
  • SOPHOMORE (2017): Finished fifth at NCAA Championships with a mark of 17-10 ½ (5.45) … Placed fourth at SEC Championships with a clearance of 17-1 ½ (5.22) … Outdoor season opened with an eighth place at Baldy Castillo Invitational followed by no heights at Texas Relays and Sun Angel Classic … Placed third at UCLA Invitational (16-7 ¼), second at Michael Johnson Invitational (17-3) and fourth in SEC Relays (16-7 ½) …
    • Indoors, cleared 17-4 ½ (5.30) to place fifth in SEC Championships … Opened the season winning Reveille Invitational (16-7 ½) and finished fifth at Texas A&M Team Invitational (16-5 ½) … Then put together a series of third-place efforts at Aggie Invitational (17-0), Razorback Invitational (16-7 ¼), Charlie Thomas Invitational (17-1 ½) and Clemson Tiger Paw (16-8 ¾).
  • FRESHMAN (2016): Completed first season placing 12th at NCAA Championships (16-10 ¾) … Cleared 17-3 ¾ (5.28) during NCAA West preliminary rounds … Finished fifth at SEC Championships (17-1) … Outdoor season started with a no height at Baldy Castillo Invitational … Placed fourth at UTSA Invitational (16-6 ¾) … Had a no height at Texas Relays … Finished fourth at Sun Angel Classic (17-0 ¾), second in dual meet with UCLA (17-2 ¾), sixth at Michael Johnson Classic (17-2 ¾) and second at LSU Invitational (17-3) …
    • Indoors, placed ninth at NCAA Championships (17-6 ½) after finishing fourth in the SEC Championships (17-4 ½) … Cleared a career best 17-11 (5.46) to win Charlie Thomas Invitational … Other victories included Texas A&M Team Invitational (17-9) and Razorback Invitational (17-7) … Also placed third in Reveille Invitational (16-1 ¼) and fourth in Texas A&M Quadrangular (16-11).
  • HIGH SCHOOL: 2015 graduate of Tomball Memorial High School in Tomball, Texas … Established best marks of 17-0 (outdoor) and 17-0 ½ (indoor) in pole vault … Won the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympics title with a clearance of 16-10 ¾ … Placed sixth at 2015 USATF Junior Championships … Won 2015 State 5A pole vault title with a career best of 17-0 … Finished fifth at TTFCA Meet of Champions and New Balance Nationals … Set indoor best of 17-0 ¾ to win Texas A&M High School Classic as a senior in 2015 … Also cleared 17-0 to win his division at National Pole Vault Summit … As a junior in 2014 cleared a career best 17-0 to win Region III-4A meet after placing second in district and area meets … Had a no height at State meet … Placed fourth at Great Southwest Classic.
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