Bohni Soared To Pole Vault MR In 1983

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Bohni Soared To Pole Vault MR In 1983

June 4, 1983

Felix Bohni of San Jose State showed how valuable a clean sheet is in the vertical jumps.

The pole vault was a tight competition at the 1983 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships inside Houston’s Robertson Stadium, and Bohni was one of three remaining as the bar rose to the meet record height of 5.55m (18-2½).

The other two – Brad Pursley of Abilene Christian and Joe Dial of Oklahoma State – had already gone higher in the outdoor season. Pursley, in fact, held the collegiate record at 5.75m (18-10¼).

Bohni and Dial cleared the MR on their first attempt, while Pursley needed two tries to get over, marking the first time in meet history that three vaulters cleared 18-feet.

When none of the trio could negotiate the next height of 5.64m (18-6), the places were determined on tie-breaking procedures, and Bohni’s clean record through the final height of 5.55m (18-2½) proved to be the difference for victory.

Interestingly, Bohni won the NCAA Indoor earlier in the year over Pursley as both set the MR at 5.63m (18-5½). While Bohni’s slate included some misses, his total was fewer than Pursley’s, giving the nod to Bohni.

posted: February 14, 2021
1921-2021
The NCAA's First Championships

The NCAA and collegiate track & field will mark a momentous milestone in the spring of 2021 -- the 100th anniversary of the NCAA Championships and with that, the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In June 1921, the University of Chicago hosted the first track & field championships in NCAA history.

This point can’t be emphasized enough: Not only was the event the first for NCAA track & field, but the first championships for any sport under the sponsorship of the NCAA.

To celebrate, over each of the next 365 days, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will celebrate moments, student-athletes, and coaches that have made a century’s worth of championships special. From humble beginnings to important historical milestones to the modern-day, collegiate track & field has evolved with the American society.

The 2021 edition of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin with preliminary round action on May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and College Station, Texas. The championships final site and culmination of the celebration is slated for June 9-12, 2021 at the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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Greene Came Up Clutch In 1989 Long Jump
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One of Joe Greene’s best days of long jumping started off dismally. It would end with a victory in one of the most memorable competitions in the near 100-year history of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Cal’s Williams Set World Record In 1936
June 20, 1936

Archie Williams set a world record in the 400 of 46.1 in the heats of the 1936 NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships. Williams then won the NCAA title by just 0.1 seconds!

Sternberg Reached New Heights In 1963
June 15, 1963

Brian Sternberg won the pole vault title at the 1963 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He was the first athlete to clear 16 feet in meet history at 4.97m (16-3¾).

Kimobwa Ran Into Record Book In 1977
June 3, 1977

Samson Kimobwa set a MR in the 10K of 28:10.27 at the 1977 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships. He won by 12.21 seconds in a race that saw the top-2 finishers under previous meet record.