Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Klas 11th at NCAA meet|
NAMPA, Idaho – University of Idaho senior Jeremy Klas finished in an 11th-place tie in the pole vault on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Jackson Indoor Track at Nampa, Idaho.
Klas, the first and only Idaho man to qualify for the NCAA indoor meet in the pole vault, cleared 17-4.5 (5.30m) in his third career go-around at the national meet. He was one of seven competitors to clear that height and finished in a tie with Nebraska’s Nate Polacek and Texas Tech’s Kyal Meyers based on attempts.
Freshman Andrew Irvin of Arkansas cleared 18-2.5 (5.55m) to win the event.
Friday’s result is the second-best of his career after his ninth-place tie in 2010 as a sophomore. He is the fourth man in Idaho indoor track and field history to qualify for the NCAA Championships three consecutive seasons, and he’s the first non-thrower to do so.
Klas is the first of two Idaho performers at the national meet this weekend. Sophomore Hannah Kiser will make her debut in the indoor national meet when she competes in the women’s 3000m at 7:10 p.m. (PT).
Live video of Saturday’s action is available online through ESPN3, while live meet results are available at www.NCAA.com.