May 26, 2005
WAVERLY, Iowa - Senior Nate Ball enjoyed his best effort in two months in the pole vault competition during day one of the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships, and secured All-America honors for the second consecutive season with a fourth-place finish on the national stage.
Ball, who has been sidelined most of the outdoor campaign, capped his MIT career with a brilliant effort in his final event donning the Cardinal and Gray. His final height was 16'7.25", a fell just over an inch short of his standing outdoor record. It took Ball three tries to clear the height, enabling Matt Novak of Wisconsin La Crosse to finish third overall with the same mark.
Ball's finish places MIT inside the top 10 after three events. The Engineers continue their run at an NCAA Division III crown on Friday and Saturday. MIT will be represented by Ben Schmeckpeper (5000), Zach Traina (200) and Uzoma Orji (weight throw, shot put).