Josh Dangel Earns All America Honors, Finishes 7th at NCAA's

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While track and field is a sport that tends to get neglected on these premisses, it is a sport that I pay quite a bit of attention to. particularly this weekend when the Bearcats have athletes competing in the NCAA championships

One of the Bearcats competing is Josh Dangel, a junior pole vaulter from LaSalle. Dangel topped 17'8.5" last night, finishing 7th and earning All-America honors. That mark is a personal record, and is just 1 1/4 inches from tying the school record of 17'9.75" set by Mike Albrinck in 1994.

"I cleared the first three bars on my first attempt," Dangel said. "With the fourth bar I was on the highest bar I've ever been and I put too much energy into it and went through the bar. On the second attempt at 5.50 meters, I brushed it with my chest. On my third attempt, the pole hit the top of the box where I plant and I was moving too far forward and broke the plane, which counts as a miss."

With Dangel's performance retiring Track and Field coach Bill Schnier at least one All American in his last year in charge. Hurdler Terrence Somerville will begin his quest to become a two time All American (finished 8th in 2011) tonight.

Somerville, a Senior from Akron Buchtel. has the 4th fastest qualifying time. The preliminary's will start tonight at 8:20, Somerville is in the second heat. The top two finishers in each of the three heats will advance to the finals, as well as the two next fastest times, regardless of heat. If Somerville advances to the finals he will race at 6:16 PM on Saturday June 8th.

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