LA CROSSE, Wis. - Bowdoin pole vaulter Erin Silva set a new school record and earned All-American status at the NCAA Division III Championship Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Silva, who owned the previous school mark of 3.65 meters, cleared 3.70 at the national meet to take seventh place overall. The top-eight finishers automatically earn All-American status. It is the first All-American award for the sophomore from Westborough, Massachusetts. She is the first female pole vaulter in Bowdoin history to collect All-American honors and is the first Bowdoin pole vaulter to be All-American since Pat Ronan in 1985.
In other Polar Bear action on Thursday, junior Coby Horowitz qualified for the finals of the 1500 meters by placing eighth among preliminary finishers in a time of 3:52.85. The finals of the 1500 are scheduled for Saturday.
Next up on Friday for Bowdoin will be junior Katherine Harmon in the hammer throw (5:00 p.m. CST) and first-year Jacob Ellis in the 800 meters (7:25 p.m. CST).