COLLEGE STATION, Texas—South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen finished runner-up in the NCAA Indoor Championships pole vault competition Friday at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

The defending indoor champion, Nilsen made 18 feet, 4 1/2 inches, on his first attempt to seal a spot in the top two. Nilsen tallied four first-attempt makes with only one miss prior to the final height of 18-6 1/2. Nilsen earns his third career All-America first team finish with all three performances placing in the top three of the field.

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