O’Connor qualifies for NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released on Sunday who has qualified for the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship, and Washington and Lee senior Joe O’Connor (Henrico, Va./Douglas Freeman) earned a spot in the pole vault.

Of the 20 competitors qualifying for the event, O’Connor has the second highest mark at 5.10m (16’8.75″). He cleared that height at the JDL DMR Invitational on February 19, breaking records for his own school and ODAC.

Sophomore Ben Drummey of Maine had the best mark in the event at 5.12m (16’9.75″). This is the second time O’Connor has qualified for the indoor pole vault and his third participation in a national championship.

O’Connor was unable to participate in the 2020 Indoor National Meet, as it was canceled due to COVID, and he finished tied for ninth at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championship, missing out on the All-America laurels of a square.

The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 11-12 at the JDL Fast Track in Winson-Salem, NC O’Connor will compete in the pole vault Friday at 11:00 a.m.

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