COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana junior Devin King finished ninth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Track.
King, competing in his third national championships, finished with a top height of 17 feet, 10.5 inches. South Dakota freshman Chris Nilsen won the title with a facility-record vault of 18-06.5.
King cleared both 17-02.75 and 17-06.5 on his first attempt. He missed at 17-10.5 on his first attempt before clearing it on his second try. He then missed on three attempts at 18-00.5.
King, a native of Kentwood, Louisiana, tied for third at the 2016 Indoor Championships, then went on to finish third at the Outdoor National Championships.
A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
King’s Southeastern teammates will be at the McNeese Cowboy Relays Bob Hayes Challenge in Lake Charles on Saturday. Live stats, provided by McNeese, will be accessible on the Southeastern track and field schedule page at www.LionSports.net.
NCAA Division I Indoor Championship
Men’s Pole Vault
1. Chris Nilsen South Dakota 18-06.5
2. Audie Wyatt Texas A&M 18-02.5
3. Matthew Ludwig Akron 18-00.5
4. Tim Ehrhardt Michigan St. 18-00.5
5. Adrian Valles Cincinnati 17-10.5
T6. Torben Laidig Virginia Tech 17-10.5
T6. Nate Richartz Notre Dame 17-10.5
8. Tray Oates Samford 17-10.5
9. Devin King Southeastern La. 17-10.5
10. Deakin Volz Virginia Tech 17-10.5
T11. Jake Albright Kansas 17-06.5
T11. Chase Smith Washington 17-06.5
13. Kyle Pater Air Force 17-06.5
14. Nick Maestretti Kansas 17-02.75
15. Paulo Benavides Kansas 17-02.75
16. Barrett Poth Texas NH