GENEVA, Ohio – Making his first-ever NCAA appearance in the final meet of his career, senior co-captain Benji Wallace of the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team placed sixth in the pole vault at the Division III national championship meet on Saturday.
Competing on the biggest stage, Wallace cleared 15'11" (4.85m) on his second attempt to achieve All-American status with his top-eight finish. The effort nearly matched his school-record 15'11 ¼" (4.86m) that he qualified for Nationals with.
The sixth-place finish scored three team points for the Jumbos. The lone Tufts scorer at the meet, the three points put Tufts in a tie for 64th place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Zach Jasinski from Wisconsin-Whitewater won the NCAA pole vault title by getting over the bar at 17'2 ¾" (5.25m) today. Noah Zastrow from Wisconsin-Stout was second at 16'10 ¾" (5.15m).
Wallace was one of five competitors who cleared 15'11" (4.85m), but MIT's Liam Ackerman (third), Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Joe Vils (fourth) and LeTourneau's Austin Parrish (fifth) all did it on their first attempt.
At the opening height of 14'7" (4.45m) Wallace was successful on this third and final attempt. He then was good at 15'1" (4.60m) on his first try, but needed his third attempt again to get over at 15'7" (4.75m). After missing his first try at 15'11" (4.85m), he made the second. He failed to advance any further after three misses at 16'0 ¾" (4.90m).
Today's action concluded the 2018-19 season for the Tufts men's track & field team.