All-American status propels South Dakota pole vaulter Helen Falda to new heights

Pole vaulter Helen Falda came to South Dakota after already having a breakout freshman season for UT Arlington.

Falda – who is from Torino, Italy – had a personal-best jump of 14-feet, 4.5-inches during the outdoor season and earned first-team All-American status. She decided to transfer and chose USD, which has earned the reputation of getting the most out of its pole vaulters with former United States Olympic pole vaulter Derek Miles as the head coach.

It was a successful first season for Falda at USD in 2017-18. She earned two second-team All-American finishes – one in the indoor and one in the outdoor season.

But she didn’t get a new PR and missed out on another All-American first-team finish.

Falda wanted that PR and the first-team All-American finish this season.

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