Men's Pole Vault
Notes: North Central senior Jake Winder captued the men's pole vault national championship clearing 16 feet, 11 inches, setting a stadium record. Junior Michael Dempsey from Rochester Institute of Technology also vaulted 16'11", but had more misses. Freshman Thomas Stacey of North Central was third at 16'7.25".
Jake Winder Quotes:
Talk about your experiences here with this being your third year at the national meet: “The people here tonight saw my first clearance at a national outdoor meet and my last clearance at a national outdoor meet. I have never made a height at the national outdoor competition. I no-heighted my sophomore year and I no-heighted my junior, and my senior year I just kept the faith and I stuck with it. I just kept going keeping up for practice early in the morning. My dad said that before honor comes humility, and I had to really humble myself and not think too much about last year or the year before.”
How were you able to channel those past experiences to be successful today?“I knew I needed to do it for my teammates and my coaches. We’re pretty good as an overall track team, and it’s awesome to have my teammates here to help me through this entire process. Having two of my teammates place in the top five today really helped me along. I’m not going to lie to you. That first bar today was really tough, as mentally I knew I hadn’t been able to clear in the last two championships. I just went up, and after I cleared that bar, it started to come together. The last two bars, it really came together and started to feel good and click for me. I started to feel the rhythm of the bar, and momentum played a huge factor for me today.”
Pole Vault 1 Jake Winder, Sr, North Central College 16-11 (5.16m) (4.86, 4.96, 5.06, 5.16) Stadium record Was 16-4 3/4 (5.00m); Chad Thomas, Muskingum, 1993 2 Michael Dempsey, Jr, Rochester Inst Tech 16-11 (5.16m) (4.86, 4.96, 5.06, 5.16) 3 Thomas Stacey, Fr, North Central College 16-7 1/4 (5.06m) (4.71, 4.86, 4.96, 5.06) 4 Stephen Toler, Jr, McMurry University 16-3 1/4 (4.96m) (4.96) 5 Steven Stack, Sr, North Central College 16-3 1/4 (4.96m) (4.71, 4.86, 4.96) 6 John Wood, So, North Central College 15-11 1/4 (4.86m) (4.71, 4.86) 7 Thomas Dimitri, Sr, McMurry University 15-11 1/4 (4.86m) (4.71, 4.86) 7 Taylor Reed, Fr, Texas Tyler 15-11 1/4 (4.86m) (4.86) 9 Cory Altenberg, Sr, McMurry University 15-11 1/4 (4.86m) (4.86) 10 Warren Brown-Pounds, Sr, ClaremontMuddScripps 15-5 1/2 (4.71m) (4.71) 11 Greg Tao, Sr, Mass Inst Technology 15-5 1/2 (4.71m) (4.71) 11 Brock Steinbock, Fr, McMurry University 15-5 1/2 (4.71m) (4.71) 13 T J. Pride, Sr, Mississippi College 15-5 1/2 (4.71m) (4.71) Dave Pergande, So, Wisconsin La Crosse NH Jacob Weyrauch, Sr, Ohio Northern NH