Slippery Rock University freshman pole vaulter Jordan Pacheco placed 10th in the pole vault and senior heptathlete Hans Lubich sits seventh after four events at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships that began Friday at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
Lubich is in prime position to earn his first career All-America honor in his final indoor track and field season, sitting seventh after the first four events in the seven-event heptathlon with a score of 2,728 points. He is just seven points out of sixth place and has an 18-point cushion on the current eighth place position.
The final three events for Lubich will be contested Saturday morning. If he can hang on to a top eight finish, he will earn All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The national meet opened with fireworks for Slippery Rock as Lubich won the first event contested of the entire meet when he posted a personal best time of 7.05 seconds in the 60-meter dash to score 865 points.
He followed that with a leap of 6.39 meters to score 673 points in the long jump and a throw of 10.57 meters in the shot put for 520 points, two of his weakest events.
Lubich took a small hit in the high jump when he cleared 1.85 meters for 670 points, well below his season-best of 1.96 meters that would have earned him approximately 100 more points.
Still, despite sitting at a slightly lower score after the first day than his previous personal best, Lubich is in good position heading into the final three events, which includes the pole vault, one of his best events.
Pacheco made his National Championship debut in the early afternoon and narrowly missed earning an All-America honor in his first try. The only freshman to qualify for the national meet in the pole vault, he cleared his first two heights in a single attempt to get off to a great start.
After a clearance at 4.80 meters, he then missed on all three attempts at 4.90 meters to finish in 10th place, two spots off the podium.
Lubich remains the lone SRU athlete still competing this indoor season. His first event of the final three in the heptathlon is scheduled for Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m.
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