DES MOINES, Iowa – Because of a family emergency, Eastern Washington University All-America pole vaulter Keisa Monterola was forced to withdraw from the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
Monterola was already at the meet when family members in Venezuela informed her that her brother was shot during a robbery attempt Tuesday in Caracas, according to EWU head women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg.
Before embarking for Caracas, Monterola was told that her brother died while in intensive care in a Caracas hospital, Mecklenburg added.
Monterola had been scheduled to jump in preliminaries Wednesday afternoon.
With an outdoor-best mark of 14 feet, hit at the 41st annual Pelluer Invitational, Monterola ranks 13th in the nation. The Venezuelan national record holder, Monterola made her Eastern debut on Dec. 3, 2011, at the Candy Cane Invitational with a school-record effort of 13-11 1/4, breaking the previous indoor record of 13-4 1/2 set by Sarah Hegna in 2007.
Nearly two months later, Monterola broke the Big Sky Conference indoor record for the women’s pole vault in January with a career-best 14-4 at the UW Team Invitational in Seattle. The old record was 14-1 1/4 set by Elouise Rudy (Montana State) in 2008.
Monterola went on to place fifth with a height of 14-1 1/4 at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10 in Nampa, Idaho.
• Stephan Scott-Ellis, a junior at Washington State, finished fifth in the men’s long jump.
Scott-Ellis, the reigning Pacific-12 Conference long jump champion, opened the first flight with a mark on 23-10 and followed up with a 25-7 1/4, his best jump of the day.
The Cougars’ women’s 400-meter relay team of Shaquana Logan, Cindy Robinson, Candii McFarland and Chanel James finished 21st, and WSU’s Shawna Fermin finished 18th in the 400.
In the women’s javelin, WSU’s Anna Adamko and Courtney Kirkwood Simmons finished 19th and 22nd, respectively.