After a record-setting high school pole vault career, former Park Hill standout Chris Nilsen has carried his prosperity into college.
Nilsen, a freshman at South Dakota, took over the NCAA national pole vault lead Saturday, when he cleared the bar at 18 feet, 4 3/4 inches at the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet in Vermillion, S.D.
Nilsen had established the No. 1 spot in the NCAA indoor season a week earlier before Air Force’s Kyle Pater topped the mark. On Saturday, Nilsen claimed the lead back (18 feet, 4 1/2 inches).
Nilsen graduated high school as the American record holder in the pole vault.