USD’s Helen Falda Finishes 7th In Pole Vault
Earns All-American Honors
AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota junior pole vaulter Helen Falda picked up her fifth career All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Lara Boman capped off her career in the hammer throw on Thursday evening as well.
Falda jumped 14 feet, 3 ¼ inches, to garner her second All-America first team accolade and fifth overall. Seventh place marks her best performance in five national meets, improving upon her eighth-place finish as a freshman at UT Arlington.
In a field loaded with 15 seniors, Falda will be the top returner next year. She was one of just two non-seniors in the top-15 as well.
“Pole Vault U” has become a standard of success for the Coyotes under the helm of coach Derek Miles. His program has four NCAA Championships and 22 All-America accolades since 2011. In addition to Falda’s first-team performance tonight, junior Chris Nilsen captured an NCAA title yesterday with a new NCAA meet record of 19-6 ½ to highlight a successful weekend for Miles’ pole vault crew.
Boman earned honorable mention status in the hammer throw to wrap up her Coyote career. The former soccer player sent the implement 202-8 for 19th place, improving upon her 22nd-place ranking entering the competition. This marked Boman’s second-straight appearance at the outdoor championships.
The Coyotes wrap up competition at the NCAA Championships on Friday with a pair of South Dakota natives with junior Zack Anderson in the high jump and senior Ben Hammer in the discus.
-Recap Courtesy USD Athletics