INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released on Friday who qualified for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, and Washington and Lee Jr. Joe o’connor (Henrico, Virginia / Douglas Freeman) secured a spot in the pole vault.
Of the 17 competitors qualified in the event, O’Connor is tied for the fifth best score at 4.95m (16’2.75 “). He broke that height in the first chance and the Multi Meet of Mount Olive on May 15, shattering his own academic record.
UW-Stout’s senior Noah Zastrow has the highest score in the event at 5.36m (17’7.00 “). This marks the first time O’Connor has qualified for the away championship. ‘qualifies for the indoor pole vault in 2020.
O’Connor is the first W&L male track and field athlete to qualify for outdoor pole vault since Phillip Sampson ’90 in the 1988 season. O’Connor is the first general to compete in the NCAA outdoor competition since Drew Pranka ’19 finished 10th in the 400m hurdles at the 2019 championship.
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 27-29 at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina. The men’s pole vault will take place Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
– www.generalssports.com –