SRU senior qualifies for track and field nationals

Pole vault specialist Kendall Grossman makes nationals representing SRU

Published by Joseph V. Gaita, Date: March 18, 2024
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Kendall Grossman will represent Slippery Rock University at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships. The championships will take place on March 8-9 at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

The event will take place at the Robert W. Plaster Center and will be hosted by Pittsburg State University.

Grossman will be joined by three fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) athletes. Those women are Beyoncé Kelly of California (Pa.), Natasha Bernett of Seton Hill and Leah Graybill of Shippensburg University.

The former PSAC champion will compete in the pole vault finals on March 8 at 4:25 p.m.

Grossman has competed in all 10 meets this season at the outdoor events. She earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) honors for her performance this season.

As a junior, she placed first in the pole vault at the John Papa Invite by reaching 3.84 meters.

The five-time USTFCCCA All-Region honoree earned all-conference honors by placing second at the 2023 PSAC outdoor championship. She achieved this by getting a 3.71-meter clearance.

Grossman was named a USTFCCCA All-Region Honoree four more times in her career. She accomplished this in the 2023 indoor season, in 2022 indoor and outdoor and lastly in the 2021 outdoor season.

At the Westminster Invitational, she cleared 3.61 meters to earn a second place finish at the 2023 outdoor event. She also achieved victories at the SRU Last Chance Meet, the Mountaineer Twilight and the Grove City Invitational.

During the 2023 indoor season, she achieved the PSAC indoor pole vault title with a season-high clearance of 3.65 meters at the conference championships. The White and Green star also registered three other top-five finishes that year.

She got those three fifth places at the YSU Mid-Major Invitational (3.50m), the YSU Invitational (3.49m) and lastly at the Mount Union Tune-Up (3.37m).

In total, Grossman competed in 14 meets between the outdoor and indoor events in 2022. She placed first in the pole vault at the outdoor Westminster Invitational with her season best of 3.65 meters that year.

After Grossman competes in NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship, The Rock will be back in action, starting their outdoor season at the Charlotte 49er Classic at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on March 14-16.

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