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From left, graduate student pole vaulter Meghan Matheny and senior pole vaulter Dom Mikula both finished in second place at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on March 10 and 11 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Local pole vaulters leap to the podium at Nationals

By Billy Wood, Staff Writer March 21, 2023
At the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10, two Bomber pole vaulters won as more than just teammates — their connection stems back to a local group.
Matt Scheffler helped coach three pole vaulters on the Ithaca College womens track and field team to top-10 finishes nationally during the indoor season. He also coaches for the mens team, which saw an athlete finish in fifth place in the country.

Track and field assistant coach earns national recognition

By Aidan Charde, Assistant Sports Editor April 4, 2022
Matt Scheffler was honored with the United States Track & Field and Cross-Country College Association (USTFCCCA) National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year award.
From left, seniors Meghan Matheny and Logan Bruce are prepared to win national titles this indoor season for the womens track and field team.

Women’s track and field team to build off outdoor success

By Connor Glunt, Sports Editor November 10, 2021
After a successful Spring 2021 season that saw the Bombers win national championships in three different events, the Ithaca College women’s track and field team is returning to action.
Senior womens pole vaulter Meghan Matheny took home the Division III pole vaulting title in the 2021 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.

Senior pole vaulter wins Division III national title

By Aidan Charde, Staff writer August 25, 2021
When Ithaca College senior Meghan Matheny started pole vaulting in eighth grade, she never would have believed that she would win a Division III national title during her collegiate career.
From left, sophomore Madison Martinez and senior Ariyahna Bernard are eyeing the top of the leaderboards in their events.

Women’s track and field primed for postseason success

By Daniel King, Contributing writer March 24, 2021
The Ithaca College women's track and field team is hungry to get back to competition and battle for a chance at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Senior Parley Hannan takes the lead against her competitors in a tri-meet against The College at Brockport and SUNY Oneonta in Glazer Arena.

Women’s track and field dominates in national rankings

By Tyler Evans February 11, 2020
The Bombers women’s track and field team competes against some of the best athletes in Division III in practice everyday.
Junior pole vaulter Julia Nomberg works on technique with the help of pole vault coach Matt Scheffler.

Pole vault coach builds powerhouse program at college

By Dani Pluchinsky February 6, 2020
Matt Scheffler has coached several All-Americans since becoming the pole vaulting coach at Ithaca College.
Freshman Meghan Matheny began working with pole vault assistant coach Matt Scheffler in eighth grade and continued to train with him through high school. She decided to attend Ithaca College largely so that Scheffler would remain her coach.

Freshman pole vaulter has Blue and Gold in her blood

By Mikayla Rovenolt, Staff Writer May 1, 2019
Freshman pole vaulter Meghan Matheny was born and raised 22 minutes from Ithaca College and still competes under her high school vault coach.
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Women’s track and field plan to continue indoor momentum

By Audrey Gamble and Lauren White February 28, 2019
The women's track and field team will attempt to defend their outdoor Liberty League title and bring a large group to the NCAA Championships.
Freshman pole vaulter Dominic Mikula clears the bar during practice in Glazer Arena. Mikula broke his own pole vault record with a height of 4.80 meters Jan. 26.

Freshman pole vaulter reaches new heights in first season

By Mikayla Rovenolt, Staff Writer January 29, 2019
Freshman Dominic Mikula has already broken the Ithaca College pole vault record twice this season and looks to keep improving.
Junior pole-vaulter Martin Desmery practices at the Athletics and Events Center. Desmery broke the school pole-vaulting record March 2.

Junior track athlete pole vaults into the record books

By Caitie Ihrig, Photo Editor March 28, 2018
Senior pole vaulter Martin Desmery broke the Ithaca College pole vaulting record at the All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference Championships.
Freshman Beth Cripps competes in the pole vault April 8 at the Coach P Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Cripps came in second place with a mark of 3.5 meters.

Freshman athlete tackles pole-vaulting and music

By Annette Hogan, Staff Writer April 19, 2017
Freshman pole-vaulter and music major Beth Cripps talks about how she tackles both school work and sports.
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