TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior pole vaulter Nick Palmer will represent the Fightin' Engineers at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Friday in Boston.
Palmer has qualified 13th in the pole vault with his Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship mark of 15' 9 3/4" set in February at Defiance College. His effort helped Rose-Hulman win its 20th consecutive men's HCAC track and field team championship, with 11 straight titles outdoors and nine consecutive championships indoors.
Palmer qualifies for the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in his career after winning his first HCAC pole vault title this season. The six-time USTFCCCA All-Region performer had finished as the HCAC pole vault runner-up four times prior to this season.
Palmer will compete on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. He will hope to add to a Rose-Hulman track and field tradition that includes 55 All-American awards, 10 NCAA Division III national championship performances and eight NCAA Division III runner-up finishes. The tradition includes specific success in pole vault, as the Fightin' Engineers have combined for 14 All-American awards, two national titles and two runner-up finishes in the pole vault alone.
Rose-Hulman has also enjoyed recent success at the NCAA Division III National Championships, after Eric Fiacable (men's hammer), Jaclyn Setina (women's high jump) and Trey Sykes (men's triple jump) were top-five finishers in the 2018 NCAA Division III track and field season.