LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego track and field program will host the 2012 Leon T. Roach Vault-A-Thon on Saturday, February 4 at Triton Track and Field Stadium. The women's pole vault competition will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the men following at 1:00 p.m.
Now in its third year, the Leon T. Roach Vault-A-Thon is held in honor of the former UCSD student-athlete that passed away in 2009. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Triton Track and Field Memorial Scoreboard Project.
In addition to the pole vault competition, this year's event will feature a bake sale and commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase.
"We are looking forward to the third version of the vault-a-thon celebrating the life and memory of Leon Roach III," UCSD men's head coach Tony Salerno said. "We expect a great turnout from the pole vault community as well as the many friends, teammates and family members who want to celebrate Leon's life and support the Roach family."
Last year's event brought in over $7,000 that went towards the completion of the Leon T. Roach Memorial at the stadium. A completely renovated pole vault area was unveiled for the first time, showcasing new spectator terraces at the sound end of the facility.
The new terraces also serve as a memorial to Roach, a former Triton pole-vaulter who was injured in a training exercise in September of 2009 and passed away two days later. His family dedicated the memorial in his name during a touching ceremony at last year's vault-a-thon.
Entries for this year's event will be accepted on the day of the meet only for a fee of $30. For more information on the Leon T. Roach Vault-A-Thon or to make a donation, click here.