June 12, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today, facing the toughest competition of her career at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, senior pole vaulter Natalie Dye wrapped up an outstanding collegiate campaign, further solidifying her name in the program record books.
Dye, the lone representative of the Terps at this year's championships, was able to steady her nerves and tie her school pole vaulting record of 12-9.5. The height was good enough to tie her for 15th place with six other women. Fourteen women vaulted to a height of 13-1.5, all tying for first place in the competition and advancing to Saturday evening's finals competition.
Tying Dye was fellow ACC competitor Tatyana Kirichenko of North Carolina. Clemson's Joana Costa finished tied for 22nd with a height of 12-3.5. The only conference pole vaulter to advance to the finals was Florida State's Lacy Janson, who only missed one attempt on the day to end with a height of 13-1.5.
Although narrowly missing the finals competition, Dye ends her career as the school record-holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault, an All-ACC performer and ECAC Champion. With multiple honors to her name for academics as well, Dye's excellence in track and in the classroom will leave a high standard for Terps to come.