Duvio vaults to third-place finish at NCAA championships


Sophomore Dylan Duvio placed third in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday, leading a strong two-man Stanford performance on the meet's opening day at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Also, freshman Harrison Williams holds sixth place in the decathlon after five events of the 10-event competition. Williams too is in line for first-team All-America honors if he can maintain a top-eight finish.

Other than 1998 NCAA champion Toby Stevenson, no Stanford vaulter has placed among the top three since 1934. Duvio accomplished the feat with a first-try clearance of 18-0 1/2. This came after second-try clearances on his earlier three heights.

Duvio failed twice at 18-2 1/2, and passed for a final try at 18-4 1/2, which would have equaled the winning jump of Akron's Shawn Barber, but was unsuccessful.

Williams is behind the pace of his school-record by only 11 points after the first day. During his Pac-12 runner-up effort, Williams scored 7,679 to break Stanford's oldest school record, of 7,592 (using modern scoring tables) set while winning the gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.

Williams believes he can improve upon his record because at the Pac-12's, he struggled in one of his strongest events, the pole vault. Such a repeat seems unlikely.

On Wednesday, Williams set three personal bests: 22-10 3/4 in the long jump (aided by a 2.3 meters per second wind), 43-7 1/4 in the shot put, and 47.16 in the 400 meters -- the fastest of the competition.

His shot put was a personal best improvement by 21 inches and his 400 crushed his previous best by 0.83.

Thirteen Stanford athletes will participate in the four-day meet, including in five events Thursday. Besides the decathlon, the only other Stanford event that concludes Thursday is the women's javelin, with sophomore Victoria Smith.

— David Kiefer/Stanford Athletics

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