EUGENE, Ore.–South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen broke the NCAA Championships pole vault meet record after clearing 19 feet, 1 ½ inches, for the second NCAA title of his career.
Nilsen’s title brings South Dakota’s total NCAA Championships to three since the move to NCAA Division I in 2011. The Coyotes also boast 17 All-America accolades in the pole vault during that span.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Nilsen vaulted a centimeter past a 22-year-old NCAA Championships meet record Wednesday. Lawrence Johnson of Tennessee held the previous NCAA meet record from 1996.