Track & Field teaser

KINGSVILLE, Texas — University of Nebraska at Kearney senior Grant Myers cleared a career-best 16-7 1/2 Thursday evening to tie for sixth place in the pole vault at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas.

Ninety-degree temperatures with heavy humidity and winds blowing close to 25 mph greeted the competitors in the first day of the three-day meet. That whittled down the vault field quickly but Myers, from Cairo, reached the initial height of 15-11 3/4 on his second attempt.

UNK’s first first-team outdoor All-American since long jumper Brady Land in 2015, Myers cleared 16-3 1/2 then 16-7 1/2 on his next two attempts.

Myers failed on two attempts at 16-11 1/2 and passed on his third attempt. He bowed out of the competition after missing at 17-3 1/2.

Mike Ford of Bertrand, now a teacher and coach at Elm Creek, holds the UNK record at 17-2 3/4 set in April 2005. Myers’ new career-best places him third on the UNK all-time top 10.

All five MIAA qualifiers finished in the top eight, led by runner up Vincent Hobbie of Central Missouri (17-3 1/2). Tommy Ansiel of Ohio’s Ceaderville won the national title by going 17-7. Overall the MIAA was second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth.

Senior thrower Jacob Bartling competes in the shot put at 4:30 p.m. today.