AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota junior pole vaulter Helen Falda picked up her fifth career All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Lara Boman capped off her career in the hammer throw on Thursday evening as well.
Falda jumped 14 feet, 3 ¼ inches, to garner her second All-America first team accolade and fifth overall. Seventh place marks her best performance in five national meets, improving upon her eighth-place finish as a freshman at UT Arlington.
In a field loaded with 15 seniors, Falda will be the top returner next year. She was one of just two non-seniors in the top-15 as well.
“Pole Vault U” has become a standard of success for the Coyotes under the helm of coach Derek Miles. His program has four NCAA Championships and 22 All-America accolades since 2011. In addition to Falda’s first-team performance tonight, junior Chris Nilsen captured an NCAA title yesterday with a new NCAA meet record of 19-6 ½ to highlight a successful weekend for Miles’ pole vault crew.