BOSTON – Sophomore Erick Duffy was the lone Harvard student-athlete competing at the IC4A/ECAC Championships, winning the men's pole vault with a mark of 5.20m (17-0.75) on Sunday at the BU Track and Tennis Center.
The vault is his second-best of his career and the second time in his indoor career that he's broken 17 feet.
Duffy started the meet reaching on his 4.90m and 5.0m attempts before missing his first two attempts at 5.10m. He then successfully kept his title hopes alive, breaking the 5.10m mark and then the 5.20m mark on his first attempt. Both Duffy and Yale senior Austin Laut successfully vaulted over the bar at 5.20m and then failed the 5.30m vault, but Duffy won the event because he was successful on his first attempt and Laut on his third.
Harvard competes at its last indoor meet, the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 in Birmingham, Alabama. Representing the Crimson will be junior triple jumper Simi Fajemisin, who has the 14th-best mark in the country and school-record jump of 13.27m (43-6.50).