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Track & Field: USD’s Nilsen Breaks 19-Foot Mark In Win At Texas Relays

AUSTIN, Texas — South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen captured a Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays title in the men’s pole vault for the second-straight year on Saturday in front of nearly 21,000 fans inside Mike A. Myers Stadium.

A two-time Texas Relays champion, Nilsen brings South Dakota’s total titles at the meet to four since the program began sending athletes in 2012. Nilsen vaulted 19 feet, ¼ inch, to break the 19-foot barrier for the first time in 2019. He cleared the height six times in 2018. Competing in the collegiate section, Nilsen vaulted higher than the elite section filled with professional vaulters, which was won in 18-9 ¼.

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