Maestretti vaults at Summit |

Maestretti vaults at Summit

Staff Reports

Douglas High graduate Nick Maestretti placed seventh for the University of Kansas on Saturday in the collegiate men’s division at the UCS Spirit Pole Vault Summit in Reno.

Maestretti jumped 16-feet, ¾-inch during competition held at the Reno Livestock Events Center. He barely missed on his last attempt at 16-8¾, which would have been a personal record.

It was a good weekend overall for Northern Nevada athletes, as Carson City product Mike Arnold soared to an indoor personal record 18-4 1/2 to place third on Friday night in the elite men’s event — which was won by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie of France. Meanwhile, 1998 Reed High School graduate and 2012 Olympian Becky Holliday jumped 14-9-1/2 to place second in the women’s competition.

Arnold, a 2008 Carson High graduate, qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and was a 2013 NCAA All-American in pole vault for Idaho State University.

Maestretti logged his third 16-foot clearance of the indoor season for the Jayhawks. Kansas teammates Nick Meyer and Alex Bishop both cleared 17-2 to place second and third respectively in the collegiate men’s division.