Athlete of the quarter…

While it seemed that the women’s track and field team was stealing the headlines every week, one of the Aggies’ most impressive contributors this year was from the men’s team.

Junior pole vaulter Ethan Ostrom had a 2012 season that will go down in UC Davis history.

After becoming just the third Aggie in history to top the 5.2-meter mark in 2011, Ostrom continued to soar to new heights this season.

The Cottonwood, Calif. native finished first on three occasions this season, including at the Causeway Classic and the Hornet Invitational. He also took second at the Big West Conference finals with a height of 5.25 meters, just three inches better than teammate junior Mike Peterson, who took third.

Ostrom’s season ended in bittersweet fashion at the NCAA Regional at Texas, where he broke the UC Davis pole vaulting record with a height of 5.35 meters, beating Tom Moore’s mark set in 2001, but came up short of advancing to the NCAA Finals in a jump-off.

Despite the frustrating end to the season, Ostrom will be looking to come back even stronger in 2013.

“To be that close and end up on the wrong end should provide some motivation over the course of the year to come,” said coach Drew Wartenburg.

— Trevor Cramer

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