While many of the MIAC’s top performers spent the weekend competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, Gustavus junior Ally Voss (Wausau, Wis./West) was enjoying the friendly confines of the Gusties home turf at the 12th Annual Drake Alternative meet. Voss was spectacular in the pole vault, setting a new Gustavus school record with the best performance in the MIAC this season and an effort that ranks her in the top 10 of all of Division III. For her performance, Voss was named the MIAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.
Voss finished first in the event at the Gusties’ home meet by clearing the bar at 3.77 meters, or 12-04 feet. That performance now ranks as the best effort in the pole vault in school history, and it is the top performance in the MIAC this season by more than a foot. Voss is also now tied for seventh in all of Division III in the pole vault, thanks to her great performance Saturday in St. Peter. Her winning jump came against a field that featured athletes from NCAA Division I (North Dakota State), Division II (St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato) and Division III (Carleton, Augsburg, UM-Morris).
There is just one final tune-up on the schedule for Voss and her Gustavus teammates prior to the 2012 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This weekend – May 5-6 – the Gusties will compete in the Meet of the UnSaintly in St. Paul, Minn. The conference championships will be held the following weekend at Concordia College in Moorhead, with the two-day event running May 11-12