May 23, 2013 - One of the most glorious careers in the storied history of Hillsdale College track & field came to an end Thursday afternoon.
Senior Kayla Caldwell earned her seventh career All-American honor, and finished with the second-best mark in NCAA Division II history in the pole vault. She was the national runner-up in the event, clearing a school-record 4.40 meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, being held this weekend in Pueblo, Colorado.
Caldwell has set and broken her own school records in indoor and outdoor pole vault too many times to count in her career, and she reached new heights in her final collegiate competition. Her mark of 4.40 meters ranks her fifth among all collegiate athletes in the nation in 2013, which includes all levels of NCAA, Division I included.
During her incredible career, Caldwell has one All-American honor as part of a 4x400 relay team in 2010, and was an All-American three times in both indoor and outdoor track. She was previously the national runner-up in the pole vault at the 2012 indoor track nationals. Her place Thursday was her best-career finish at the NCAA outdoor championships.