Coyote Vault duo head to NCAA championships

The game

South Dakota Pole Vaulters Eerik Haamer and Marleen Mulla will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held March 11-12 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

The schedule

3 p.m. Friday | Men’s Pole Vault
6:45 p.m. Friday | Women’s Pole Vault


Live coverage of the league fixtures will be streamed on ESPN3 using the WatchESPN app.

A delayed TV show will air Sunday, March 13 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.


South Dakota sends a pair of Estonians to represent the program at the national meet.

Second year student Eerik Haamer, from Tartu, Estonia, is competing in his second consecutive national indoor competition. Haamer enters the competition with the eighth best height. He shot a season-best 18-1 (5.51m) at the Ichabod Mid-Week Challenge in February. Last season, he entered the Championship with the eighth-highest mark and finished fourth for first-team All-America status. He completed his indoor record of 18-4 ½ (5.60m) in this 2021 NCAA Championship encounter. Haamer’s competition begins at 3 p.m. Friday.

First-year student Marleen Mulla, a native of Rakvere, Estonia, clinched his ticket to his first NCAA championships with a personal best showing at the Summit League championships. She jumped 14-5 ¼ (4.40m) for the 11th highest height in the country. Mülla’s competition is expected to start around 6:45 p.m. on Friday.

One last thing

Haamer and Mülla won the men’s and women’s pole vault titles at the Summit League Championships. South Dakota is one of four schools to send both a male and female outfielder to national competition, joining BYU, Stephen F. Austin and Michigan State.