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Digest (April 5): Franklin High grad Olivia Gruver sets NCAA pole vault record at University of Washington

Digest (April 5): Franklin High grad Olivia Gruver sets NCAA pole vault record at University of Washington
Olivia Gruver, shown competing in last year's NCAA championships, set an outdoor mark for the pole vault March 29. (Chet White / HANDOUT)

Two-time NCAA Champion Olivia Gruver (Franklin) broke the NCAA outdoor record in the pole vault for the University of Washington in a meet at Stanford last week. Gruver cleared 15-feet, 6.25-inches (4.73 meters).

Gruver's mark was one centimeter better than the previous NCAA outdoor record of 4.72 (15-5 3/4) set by Sandi Morris in 2015. Morris won the Olympic Silver Medal in 2016. It also smashed the Pac-12 record of 15-1 by over 5 inches. The native of Reisterstown posted the second-best clearance in the world this year outdoors, and also now ties for fourth in U.S. history outdoors.

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Women’s college lacrosse: Mount St. Mary's topped Saint Francis, 15-8, on Friday afternoon in the Northeast Conference opener at DeGol Field. The win pushed the Mount's record to 9-2 overall, which marks the best start to a season in program history. Jordan Butler (John Carroll) led Mount St. Mary's with four goals as she recorded her fifth straight game with three or more scores.

Pro soccer: The Blast (16-7) close the regular season of the Major Arena Soccer League against the host Florida Tropics (6-16) tonight at 7:05 at the RP Funding Center 7:05 p.m. Baltimore is tied with Utica FC, which it will meet later this month in the first round of the playoffs, for first place in the Eastern Division.

Horse racing: Standing Rock Farm’s Never Nevermore put away favored Sparty after dueling early, lost the lead briefly in mid-stretch but dug in again and surged past Martini Kid for a 1 ¼-length victory in Friday’s opening day feature at Laurel Park. A nine-race program featuring two legs of the national Stronach 5 wager helped Laurel kick off its 19-day spring meet, which runs through May 5 and serves as a prelude to the Preakness Meet at Pimlico, set to open May 9.

Pro basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers (1-2) host the Middle Tennessee Storm (2-1) in Central Basketball Association action tonight at 8 at Annapolis Area Christian School.

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