GREENSBORO, N.C. – Salisbury University track and field athlete Zachary Stump earned a top-10 finish in the men's pole vault at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on Thursday afternoon at the Irwin Belk Track.
Stump, a sophomore from Eldersburg, Md., finished in a three-way tie for ninth place in the men's pole vault finals, clearing 4.60 meters (15-1). He cleared that height on his first attempt before missing on three attempts at 4.75 meters. Tying with Stump for ninth were Keith Holland of Stockton and Joe O'Connor of Washington & Lee.
"This was a great finish to a tremendous season for Zach," said Sea Gull head track and field coach Jim Jones. "This is an experience that he can take with him beyond 2021 and use at future championships."
Stump, who owns the SU school record in the pole vault (4.93 meters, 16-2), finished one position shy of All-American status in the event. Noah Zastrow of UW-Stout won the national title by clearing 5.10 meters (16-8.75) in his first attempt. Dominic Mikula of Ithaca finished second by clearing the same height in two attempts, and Ben Drummey of Southern Maine took the bronze at 5.05 meters (16-6.75).
Salisbury has one more athlete competing at the NCAA Championships. National women's high jump co-leader Colleen Howard will go for gold on Friday at 11:30 a.m.