Chris Nilsen Clears 18 Feet in Pole Vault, No. 9 in History!
Park Hill, Missouri senior Chris Nilsen cleared 18'-0" in the pole vault last night to become the ninth-best pole vaulter in U.S. history.
He is the tenth vaulter to clear 18 feet and the ninth vaulter to clear the height outdoors.
The mark was a six inch personal best for the University of South Dakota commit, who set his prior top mark of 17'-6.5" at the Kansas Relays two weeks ago.
"I think it was just a relaxed environment!" he said. "I had all of my friends and family there and I came in when everyone was done so it was just a fun meet!"
He said the 18-foot barrier has been on his mind since clearing 17 feet at the Missouri state meet last year.
"When I jumped that, I realized that I wasn't done yet and I could keep going," he said.
His next goal is to clear 18'-4" and break the national high school record set by Shawn Barber in 2012. If he clears 18-4, the next number is 18'-6.5."
View a video of the 18 foot clearance, courtesy of the @PH_Track_Field instagram:
View the new U.S. all-time top ten list below.
|18-3.5||Shawn Barber||Kingwood, TX||2012|
|18-3||Tommy Skipper||Sandy, OR||2003|
|18-2.25||Eric Eshbach||Orangefield, TX||1999|
|18-2||Brandon Richards||San Marcos, CA||1985|
|18-1.25||Joe Dial||Marlow, OK||1981|
|18-0.5||Devin King||Sumner, LA||2014|
|18-0.5i||Mondo Duplantis||Lafayette, LA||2016|
|18-0.25||Jack Whitt||North, OK||2009|
|18-0A||Pat Manson||Central, CO||1986|
|18-0||Chris Nilsen||Park Hill, MO||2016|
i = indoors
A = Altitude