NEW ORLEANS, La. – Southeastern Louisiana junior Devin King added another distinction to his highly-decorated career on Monday.
King was named second-team All-America by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), becoming the second three-time NCAA Division I All-American in Lion track history.
King finished ninth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships on Friday with a vault of 17 feet, 10.5 inches. He previously earned first-team All-America recognition after tying for third in the event at the 2016 Indoor National Championships and placing third at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Kentwood, Louisiana native joins Lions senior thrower Alex Young (2015 indoors and outdoors, 2016 indoors) as three-time All-America recipients. Southeastern Hall of Famer Donald Dykes earned four NAIA All-America honors from 1975-78.
“This cements his place in Southeastern history,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said of King. “The NCAA Indoor Championships is a very hard meet to qualify for, especially if you’re a mid-major university in the south. Devin has found his way to doing this twice and I can’t imagine a scenario that he would not make it to the outdoor championships. It’s a scary thought that Devin is just beginning to transition into an elite pole vaulter. He has more great things in store and it’s been a good run so far.”
King cleared 18-01 to break the school’s indoor pole vault record for the fifth time in winning the Southland Conference title last month. He was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week after setting the Lions’ outdoor mark of 18-08.25 at the prestigious Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in April 2016. That mark was also the top vault in the nation in 2016.
King was selected as the 2016 All-Louisiana Men’s Field Athlete of the Year and the 2015 Freshman of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and is a three-time All-Southland Conference first team recipient. He has been named the conference’s field athlete of the week six times during his career, including twice this past indoor season.
King finished first six times during the indoor season and has 19 event titles in his career.
Southeastern will be in action Friday and Saturday at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, Louisiana.