Strawderman Places Second at Czech Republic Event

Strawderman Places Second at Czech Republic Event

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island fifth-year senior James Strawderman placed second in the pole vault at the City Square Street Vault, held in Opava, Czech Republic Tuesday.

Strawderman (right) and URI sophomore Ondrej Honka, a native of Opava, were invited to compete in the competition. Despite less than ideal conditions with low temperatures and rain, Strawderman cleared 4.85 meters (15 feet, 11 inches) to place second. Honka – who finished fifth at the Czech National Championships earlier this summer with a height of 16 feet, one inch – cleared 4.7 meters Tuesday. 

Strawderman, who graduated with a degree in kinesiology last May, will return to the Rams as a graduate student this fall to finish his eligibility. He has spent the summer on campus training with jumps coach Rob Whitten preparing for the City Square Street Vault and other events. Strawderman is coming off a career year, completing the sweep by winning both indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 titles as well as the indoor New England Championships. At the Brown Springtime Invitational he cleared 17' 0.75" becoming just the second vaulter in URI history to clear the 17' benchmark. His father, Mark Stawderman, was the other Ram to do so.

Strawderman qualified for the preliminary round of the NCAA's where his clearance of 16' 11.5" placed him 16th out of 48 competitors.