Arthur Returns to Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Senior pole vaulter Jonathan Arthur will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet for the second year.

Arthur, who enters the meet with a height of 4.96 meters, returns to the Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet for the second year in a row. Last season Arthur went into the meet with a height of 5.05 meters, his personal best, but failed to clear the bar at the national meet.

This year's national meet is being held in at Johnson C. Smith's Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. The championship track is two hours away from Lees-McRae's campus and three hours away from Arthur's hometown of Pine Level, N.C.

This season, Arthur qualified in his first meet of the outdoor season with a mark of 4.96 in Lees-McRae's Alonzo Clark Memorial Invitational Track and Field Meet on February 13th.

"John has had a great career and worked very hard to qualify for the NCAA II championships for the second year in a row," head coach Ley Fletcher said. "It would be a fitting end to a great senior year if he could achieve All-American honors at the national championships in his home state. He will have a lot of people pulling for him and it should almost feel like a home field advantage."

In national championship meets the top six finishers earn All-American status.

During the indoor season, Arthur had a height of 4.95m, but came up short of making the national meet because of ties at higher heights.

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