Lions’ King returning to Indoor Nationals

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HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana junior pole vaulter Devin King has qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships for the second straight year.

King, who will be competing in his third national championships overall, was the lone Southland Conference athlete to qualify for the championship, scheduled for March 10 and 11 in College Station, Texas. ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 10 starting at 5:25 p.m. and March 11 starting at 3:55 p.m. A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 12 starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

The men’s pole vault finals are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 10.

King is seeded seventh with a season-best mark of 18 feet, 1 inch. He achieved that mark, a Southeastern indoor record and the best in the conference in 2017, in winning the Southland Conference championship last month. He just missed at 18-05.25, which would have broken the conference record of 18-04.75.

“He has been on a roll this season,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said. “He hasn’t lost a meet. Against the first opportunity he had against any competition, at the conference meet, he responded extremely well. We’re very optimistic he is peaking at the right time and will be good and ready next week.”

King, a first-team All-Southland Conference selection, had tied his school record of 17-11.25 at the LSU Twilight. He went undefeated in six meets and was twice named Southland Field Athlete of the Week during the indoor campaign.

The Kentwood, Louisiana native earned first-team All-America honors for the 2016 indoor season after tying for third in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships. He was again named first-team All-America after taking third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming the eighth two-time All-American in Southeastern track history.

Southeastern opens the 2017 outdoor season Friday at the Tulane Early Bird Twilight at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Throwing events begin at 10:45 a.m. and jumping and running events at 3 p.m. Live stats, provided by Tulane, are accessible on the Southeastern track and field schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

NCAA Division I Indoor Championship Qualifiers
Men’s Pole Vault
1. Chris Nilsen South Dakota 5.70m
2. Deakin Volz Virginia Tech 5.66m
3. Kyle Pater Air Force 5.65m
4. Adrian Valles Cincinnati 5.60m
5. Torben Laidig Virginia Tech 5.55m
6. Jake Albright Kansas 5.54m
7. Devin King Southeastern La. 5.51m
8. Matthew Ludwig Akron 5.51m
9. Barrett Poth Texas 5.50m
10. Nate Richartz Notre Dame 5.50m
11. Tim Ehrhardt Michigan St. 5.49m
12. Paulo Benavides Kansas 5.47m
13. Chase Smith Washington 5.47m
14. Nick Maestretti Kansas 5.46m
15. Tray Oates Samford 5.46m
16. Audie Wyatt Texas A&M 5.46m

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