Justin Ellerbee of Cal Poly Pomona won the NCAA Division II pole vaulting championship after breaking the broncos’ program record with a mark of 17 feet, 6.5 inches, according to the Broncos’ athletic department press release.
The accomplishment makes him the ninth NCAA national champion in the program’s history and the first to win a title since 1994. Ellerbee is also the first pole vaulter to win a national title for Cal Poly Pomona.
In the finals, which were held in Michigan, Ellberbee compete against the past two NCAA D2 champions, Pittsburgh State’s Jeff Piepenbrink and Texas A&M’s Jordan Yamoah.
Ellerbee finished fifth and 13th respectively at the last two National Championship events.