FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Idaho's Jeremy Klas and Mykael Bothum left the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as All-Americans on Saturday after a pair of strong performances at the national meet over the weekend.
Klas, a sophomore from Moscow, Idaho (Moscow HS), cleared 5.25m (17-2.75) in the men's pole vault to tie for ninth in his first career national meet. Bothum, a senior from Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS), finished sixth in the women's shot put for the second year in a row with a toss of 16.55m (54-3.75).
Klas was a trend-setter for the Idaho men all year long. In the team's opening meet, he and teammates Lucas Pope and Mike Carpenter broke the former 25-year-old school record in the event. Klas and Pope steadily pushed the record up until Klas went 5.38m (17-7.75) at last weekend's Husky Last Chance meet to take hold of the record.
Klas out-did Pope on attempts to take the Western Athletic Conference title in the event two weekends ago to give the Vandal men their third-straight WAC indoor pole vault title. When Klas clinched his NCAA spot last weekend, he became the first Idaho indoor qualifier and first men's vaulter, indoor or outdoor, since Dave Martindale's NCAA champion performance in 1952.
Bothum, a 2009 All-American in the women's shot put, repeated as sixth-place finisher. She capped off her indoor career in strong fashion as repeat WAC indoor champion and WAC Indoor Field Performer of the Year. Her in last two indoor seasons, she has only finished behind collegiate competition twice - both times at the NCAA Championships.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association awards All-America certificates to the top eight overall finishers in each event, as well as the top eight American finishers. Bothum earns All-America honors by virtue of her top-eight finish, while Klas earns his by being one of the top eight Americans in his event.
Since 2000, Idaho has sent 12 different athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships and 11 of those earned at least one All-America honor. Vandal track and field athletes have earned 13 All-America certificates in indoor track and field since 2005.