University of South Dakota pole vaulter Chris Nilsen just missed the cut to be a finalist for The Bowerman, the NCAA’s awards for the most outstanding track and field athletes.
Nilsen was edged out by Louisiana State University pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis for a finalist spot. This is Nilsen’s second straight year making the semifinals of the award.
Nilsen recently won the NCAA Outdoor Championship with a vault of 19 feet, 6.25, which also set a NCAA Championship meet record. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the United States in the event and No. 2 in the world. Nilsen will also be competing to represent the United States at the U.S. Championships in late July.
This is the fourth time a pole vaulter has been named a finalist to The Bowerman. The LSU freshman won the NCAA indoor title this season while setting a record at the SEC championship of 19 feet, 5 inches. In the outdoor season, Duplantis vaulted for a record 19 feet, 8.25 inches, to become the first collegian to clear a six-meter bar. He finished the year with two all-time top 10 indoor records and four outdoor records.