SPOKANE, Wash. -- Deion Mock made the most of his final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Track & Field Championships later this month when he broke his school record for a second time this year and moved into the top 20 among Division III track and field student-athletes nationwide in the pole vault.
Mock vaulted 16 feet, 1.75 inches (4.92 meters) at the Whitworth Last Chance meet on Thursday to move to No. 16 on the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Qualifying list, doing so hours before the qualifying period ended.
The mark is expected to send Mock, along with Kodie Artner who is No. 9 in the 400-meter hurdles, to the NCAA Championships on May 26-28 in Waverly, Iowa.
Earlier this year, Mock vaulted 15 feet, 6.25 inches (4.73 meters) at the Northwest Conference Championships to eclipse the record he set during his junior season last year to break Lewis & Clark's school record set in 1973 by Brad Moore.