Justin Ellerbee of Cal Poly Pomona won the NCAA Division II pole vaulting championship after breaking the broncos’ program record with a mark of 17 feet, 6.5 inches, according to the Broncos’ athletic department press release.
The accomplishment makes him the ninth NCAA national champion in the program’s history and the first to win a title since 1994. Ellerbee is also the first pole vaulter to win a national title for Cal Poly Pomona.
In the finals, which were held in Michigan, Ellberbee compete against the past two NCAA D2 champions, Pittsburgh State’s Jeff Piepenbrink and Texas A&M’s Jordan Yamoah.
Ellerbee finished fifth and 13th respectively at the last two National Championship events.
Junior Samantha Swanson of Cal Poly Pomona is this week’s CCAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 8-14.
Swanson put together a strong showing in the hammer throw Saturday at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational in Claremont.
She recorded a second-place distance of 164-0 to match the “B” provisional qualifying standard while improving on the program’s all-time second-best mark she set earlier this season. Swanson also took fourth in the discus Saturday, posting a 139-6 mark.
Among CCAA athletes, she ranks within the top 10 for three different events this season. Swanson owns the top hammer throw mark at 164-0, the second-best discus distance at 144-7 and the eighth-best shot mark of 36-9.5.
Swanson and the Broncos will return to action later this week with six student-athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays and the rest of the team heading to the Bryan Clay Invitational Friday at Azusa Pacific.
CCAA Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Jessica Miklaski (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Robin Hannah (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Aimee Rodgers (Chico State); Mar. 11 – 17: Tiana Wills (San Francisco State); Mar. 18 – 24: Kasey Barnett (Chico State); Mar. 25 – 31: Angela Garcia (Cal Poly Pomona)’ Apr. 1 – 7: Samantha Gutierrez (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Samantha Swanson (Cal Poly Pomona)
CCAA Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Zach Nagengast (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: J P Smith (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Nash Howe (UC San Diego); Mar. 11 – 17: Connor Birtwhistle (Cal Poly Pomona); Mar. 18 – 24: Dawson Vorderbruegge (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 25 – 31: Isaac Chavez (Chico State); Apr. 1 –7: Dameion Berry-Smith (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Daniel Parker (Chico State)