Jacob Zebedee earns All-American Honors
Joining his teammate as a first-time All-American, University of Sioux Falls Track & Field senior Jacob Zebedee placed sixth in the men’s pole vault competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday. Chase Jensen also competed on Saturday, giving three good looks at the opening height but he failed to register a mark.
With USF’s two All-Americans redshirting, Zebedee and Jensen seized the opportunity to add more names to the Cougars’ long list of national qualifiers. Both were making their first NCAA Championship meet appearance and Zebedee became the third different All-American for USF since they joined NCAA Division II in 2012-13.
Having won the past two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pole vault titles, Zebedee entered the meet seeded 10th, but he quickly established himself as an All-American threat. The Winnebago native cleared the opening height of 4.76 meters (15 feet-7.25 inches) on his first attempt. After the bar moved to 4.91 meters (16-1.25), Zebedee cleared it on his first attempt, setting up an opportunity for a new personal-best.
Zebedee’s mark to earn a spot in the 16-athlete field was 5.00 meters (16-4.75), a PR set one month ago. On his first jump at 5.01 meters (16-5.25), Zebedee cleared it for a new personal-best and a guaranteed All-American spot as only five more vaulters cleared that height.
Zebedee had a pair of good jumps at 5.11 meters (16-9.25), but he eventually bowed out of the competition to finish in sixth place, the fifth time a USF men’s pole vaulter has finished as an All-American in their D2 era. With Sophie Harano’s fourth-place finish yesterday, USF pushed their pole vault total to 13 since their move to Division II and 14 overall including the Cougars’ All-American distance medley relay finish in 2015.