TOURCOING, France — University of South Dakota track and field alumnus Chris Nilsen vaulted a personal best 19 feet, 9 inches (6.02 meters) at the Perche en Or pole vault competition on Saturday to break the American indoor record. It marked Nilsen’s first time surpassing the elusive six-meter mark in his career.
Nilsen, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist, did not have a miss in the competition and went over five heights on first attempts before the record clearance on a first-attempt make. His previous indoor best was 19-5.5 (5.93 meters), cleared in his final collegiate season to set a then-NCAA indoor record. It remains the South Dakota program record.