Chris Nilsen, South Dakota: 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Field Athlete of the Year

Chris Nilsen of South Dakota was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field seasonby the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This is the first time that a pole vaulter has earned this honor in award history.

Nilsen, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, left his mark in a big way at the Nebraska Tune-Up when he broke the one-year-old collegiate indoor record in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.93m (19-5½), which also made him the No. 4 performer in American history and the No. 15 performer in world history. That was one of four times that Nilsen topped 19 feet this past season.