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
|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 NCAA.com 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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