March 10, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The first day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships came to a close Friday night with University of Cincinnati junior Adrian Valles placing fifth overall in the men’s pole vault to garner All-America honors once again. Valles, 2017 NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, cleared 5.45m (17-10.50) to duplicate his finish from one year ago and mark the third year in a row in which he has placed in the Top 6 nationally on the indoor runway.
With his finish, Valles also grabbed four team points for the Bearcats, a total that currently has UC tied for 19th overall in the standings with Indiana, SIU Edwardsville and South Carolina. Through five events scored (of 17), Oregon holds a slim lead as the Ducks have 17 points while host Texas A&M is second with 16. Ole Miss (12), Virginia Tech (10.5) and the trio of Florida, Colorado State and South Dakota (10 points each) round out the Top 5 teams in the standings.
Valles opened the competition by easily clearing 5.25m on his first attempt. After passing all three of his attempts at 5.35m and, with several individuals bowing out of the event, Valles reentered at 5.45m and easily cleared on his first attempt once again. Following a similar pattern, Valles would once again pass, this time skipping 5.50m before rejoining at 5.55m. With several individuals over the bar ahead of him, Valles missed on his first attempt at 5.55m and chose to pass his remaining two attempts to join the others at 5.60m. In the end, Valles was unable to clear 5.60m on his two attempts remaining and settled for fifth place overall.
With his finish, Valles is now just the second man in Bearcats indoor track & field history to earn three Top 8 placements at the national meet, joining Al Lanier, who placed second in the long jump in 1972 and 1973 while adding a third-place showing in the 1972 triple jump. Combining outdoor results with those attained indoors, Valles is now just one Top 8 finish behind Lanier for the all-time mark - men and women - in UC history as this year’s fifth-place showing marks the fourth time in his career that he has earned a Top 8 placement at the NCAA Championships.
While his clearance today did not break his own school record, the 5.45m mark did add his name to the all-time clearances list based on height, equalling his sixth-best clearance indoors. Overall, Valles now owns all 10 spots in the all-time Top 10 listing in UC men’s indoor history, meaning someone would now have to clear 5.43m just to tie for the final position all-time.
The NCAA Championships will conclude Saturday with Annette Echikunwoke competing in the women’s weight throw event starting at 4:30 p.m. local (5:30 p.m. ET). Upon completion of the day, the 2017 indoor season will come to a close with the outdoor season right around the corner for the Bearcats.
2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships - Day One (3/10/17)
Pole Vault - FINAL
5. Adrian Valles - 5.45m (17-10.50) - All-American - 4 points
Men’s Team Standings (thru 5 events scored)
1. Oregon - 17.0
2. Texas A&M - 16.0
3. Ole Miss - 12.0
4. Virginia Tech - 10.5
5. Florida - 10.0
5. Colorado State - 10.0
5. South Dakota - 10.0
19. Cincinnati - 4.0
19. South Carolina - 4.0
19. SIU Edwardsville - 4.0
19. Indiana - 4.0