LONG BEACH, Calif.—South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen vaulted a world-leading 19 feet, 1 inch, Saturday at the 25th Beach Invitational at Jack Rose Track.
While Nilsen entered Saturday’s meet holding the NCAA’s best height this season. He extended that lead with his new season best of 5.82 meters, jumping two centimeters (or ¾ inch) higher. The mark moves him to the top of the IAAF’s world leaders list this spring.
Nilsen remains the only collegian to have cleared 19 feet this spring. This marks the eighth time in his career over 19 feet and the third-best mark in his career.