CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thanks to his record-breaking performance in the pole vault at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, junior Nico Weiler of the Harvard track and field team has been named a first-team All-American, the USTFCCCA announced Tuesday. It is the second time in Weiler’s career that he has earned All-America accolades.
“This was a great competition for Nico,” said director of Harvard track and field/cross country Jason Saretsky. “I was really pleased with how he competed and I am confident the best is still to come. He received notification earlier in the week that he had been selected to compete at the German Olympic Trials so I think that gave him a nice boost heading into NCAA’s. It will be exciting to see how he continues to develop and progress.”
Weiler posted a clearance of 18′ 0.5″ (5.50m) Friday at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and was one of only four competitors to clear the 5.50-meter height. The result bested his own school and New England collegiate outdoor record of 17′ 7.75″ (5.38m), set last month in his victory at the IC4A Championships. Weiler also became the first New England collegiate athlete to eclipse the 18′ mark in the pole vault in indoor or outdoor competition.
As a freshman in 2009, Weiler became the first Harvard student-athlete to earn All-America status in the pole vault, placing sixth in the competition to collect first-team accolades. Harvard has now had male student-athletes attain All-America status in three of the past four years, with Brian Hill ’11 earning the honor last season in the 800 meters and Weiler in 2009 and 2012.