Niedermeyer posts impressive vault win

Former Badger Darren Niedermeyer added another line to his post-collegiate resume Saturday with an impressive win in the men's special pole vault at the Drake Relays.

Niedermeyer needed to clear just two bars to win, but it was the way he cleared them that led to the victory. He and runner-up Derek Miles -- the two-time defending Drake champion in the men's special vault -- both cleared 17-7 1/4 on their second attempt.

The key came on the next bar, the height that ended up as the winning clearance. Niedermeyer made it over on his first attempt, but it took Miles two tries to gain clearance. When neither could clear the next bar in the progression at 18-5 1/4, the win went to Niedermeyer on the criteria of misses.

It's a big victory for Niedermeyer considering some of Miles' credentials. Beyond being a three-time Drake champion, he was the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials champion and went on to finish fourth at the Olympics in Beijing. Plus, he owns an impressive lifetime-best clearance of 19-2 1/2.

"He's one of the guys you're always aiming to beat," Niedermeyer said of Miles. "So, it feels good to be able to get a victory today."

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