LA CROSSE, Wis. — North Central (Ill.) got a pair of elite performances in the first day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships on Thursday, winning an individual national title and nearly claiming another.
The Cardinals’ Josh Winder won the national title in the pole vault, claiming the program’s fourth consecutive outdoor championship in the event and winning North Central’s 116th individual national crown.
Winder led throughout the opening day’s competition, passing on the first three heights before clearing his first attempt at 16-3/4 inch. He sailed over two more bars at 16’2-3/4 and 16’4 3/4 to stay ahead of the field. As the bar was raised to 16’6-3/4, only Winder and Zach Ferrara of Brockport State remained.