BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On the biggest stage of the indoor track season, Clayton Fritsch performed his best. The sophomore out of Sealy finished seventh in the pole vault and was named a First Team All-American, jumping 5.63m (18’ 5.75”) at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
The mark broke Fritsch’s own indoor school record which he set during the Howie Ryan Invitational back in February. The mark is also a school record for a jump under any conditions.
“I’m super blessed to have been able to compete against some of the best in the world.” Fritsch said of how he was feeling after the competition. “None of this would have been accomplished without the support of everyone.”
“It’s super rewarding to finally see hard work really pay off," Fritsch said in regard to his all-America honor. "I’m very proud to represent Sam Houston on such a big level and can’t wait to see what the outdoor season holds for our team.”
The Sam Houston State Men’s Track & Field team has only had two indoor First Team All- Americans. Fritsch follows on the heels of Tyler Adams who accomplished the feat during last season’s national meet.
The outstanding performance comes right after winning the Southland Conference Indoor Championship pole vault event and helping the program win conference title number four in as many years.
McCall competed in the 60m hurdles and placed 15th with a time of 8.07. The junior, along with Jefferson and Fritsch played an essential role in the program’s conference title and finished his indoor season off strong.
Jefferson has come off an indoor season that was filled with record-breaking outings. The senior, who expressed how focused he was to reach indoor nationals before the start of the season competed in the 200m dash event on Friday. The Jersey Village native posted a time of 21.27 and placed 14th.