Vaulting into the Record Books

Vaulting into the Record Books

EUGENE, Ore. – Typically, student-athletes do not rake in four first-team All-America honors and two NCAA National Championships by the end of their sophomore season. South Dakota's Chris Nilsen, however, is anything but typical. 

Nilsen cemented himself as one of the sport's most accomplished vaulters inside Historic Hayward Field at NCAA Outdoor National Championships last night, clearing a meet-best height of 19' 1.5" to break the 22-year-old meet record. Coming into the competition ranked first in the NCAA and fourth in the world, Nilsen effectively secured his second national title when he was the only remaining vaulter following a successful clear of 18' 4.5".  

It is more than fitting that Nilsen's performance came at a venue with the moniker "historic" because that it was. The two-time USTFCCCA Midwest Field Athlete of the Year became the sixth Summit League athlete ever to win an outdoor national title and the first pole vaulter—third track & field athlete overall—to win two career national championships.   

The Summit League now boasts 10 track & field national championships and 12 total across all sports.

Other league competitors Wednesday night included North Dakota State's Payton Otterdahl and Jacob McBride—both of whom were making their NCAA Outdoor Championship debuts. Otterdahl mustered a meet-best throw of 64' 4.5" (19.62m) in the men's shot put event to earn 10th place and second-team All-America honors, while McBride placed 24th in the hammer throw for All-America honorable mention recognition.

Oral Roberts' Israel Nelson competed in the semifinal race of the 110-meter hurdles, breaking the school record with a 13.81 time. With that time, the senior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., placed 13th in the field and took home second-team All-America honors.

Nilsen's teammate Jake David also vaulted last night, but did not record a height.

Competition continues today from Eugene, Ore., as six Summit Leaguers gear up for their chance to make history. Here is the schedule of events for each student-athlete competing today:

Lara Boman

South Dakota

Hammer

Thursday

3:30 p.m.

Maddy Nilles

North Dakota State

Hammer

Thursday

3:30 p.m.

Helen Falda

South Dakota

Pole Vault

Thursday

6:30 p.m.

Rachel King

South Dakota State

3000m Steeple (Semis)

Thursday

6:32 p.m.

Alyssa Olin

North Dakota State

Javelin

Thursday

7:15 p.m.

Mercy Abire

Oral Roberts

Long Jump

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

 

Everything you would need to know regarding how to watch and follow along is in the information table below:    

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