Valcin Qualifies for NCAA Division-III Indoor Track Championships

Mar 10, 2014 | J.Crane

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - University of Dubuque junior Rick Valcin (Catries, St. Lucia/Gros Islet) was announced as 1 of 15 individuals who will complete in the Men's Pole Vault at the upcoming NCAA Division-III Indoor Track & Field Championships. Valcin enters the championships ranked first with a mark of 5.10m (16' - 8.75"), 5.5" ahead of second place. The pole vault will take place on Friday, March 14th beginning at 11:00 am. 

Valcin has led D-III from start-to-finish having posted a 4.70m (15' 5.0") height in the opening weekend at the Wartburg Relays. Two weeks later, he increased his lead with a jump of 4.95m (16' - 2.75") at the Prairie Wolf Invitational on the same track that he will be looking for a national championship. Valcin has been consistent all season long, winning the pole vault in nine of ten meets. 

The 2014 NCAA D-III Indoor Championships will be held on March 14th and 15th in Lincoln, Neb. at Nebraska's Devaney Sports Center. Nebraska Wesleyan is the official hosts for the championships. 

Meet-by-Meet Breakdown for Valcin

Meet Height   Place   Date
Wartburg Relays  4.70m  15' - 5.0" 1st   1/10/14  
Sol Butler Classic No Height --- 1/18/14
Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational   4.95m    16' - 2.75"   1st 1/24/14
Hilltop Invite at Cornell 5.03m 16' - 6.0" 1st 2/1/14
Grinnell College Invitational 4.88m 16' - 0.0" 1st 2/8/14
UW-Platteville Invitational 4.77m 15' - 7.75" 1st 2/15/14
UD Spartan Invite 4.80m 15' - 9.0" 1st 2/21/14
Iowa Conference Championships    4.61m 15' - 1.5" 1st 2/28/14
UW-Platteville Final Qualifying Meet    5.10m 16' - 8.75" 1st 3/7/14
UW-Stevens Point National Qualifier 4.82m 15' - 9.75" 1st 3/8/14

The Top-5 challengers for Valcin has a midwest feel as three of the five individuals are from schools within 200 miles of Dubuque. Seeds 2-6 are Bryan Klister of UW-La Crosse (4.96m), Jared Bradfish of UW-Platteville (4.95m), Tim Moses of Messiah (4.90m), Michael Bennett of Univ. of Chicago (4.90m), and Benjamin Schreck of MIT (4.90m). 

LIVE Video of the championships is available on at: NCAA Video

Additional information about the 2014 NCAA D-III Indoor Track Championships can be found at: NCAA T&F

Valcin is looking to become the fifth UD Indoor Track National Champion joining Basil Steele (3-time 55m Hurdles - 2003, 04, 05) and Phillip Jones (55m Dash - 2011). 

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