Kyle Rademeyer Wins National Championship in Pole Vault
Posted on June 7, 2023 by CEPS
South Alabama junior pole vaulter Kyle Rademeyer, who is also pursuing a bachelor's degree in exercise science in the College of Education and Professional Studies, claimed the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on the first night of competition on Wednesday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Rademeyer cleared his only attempt at 5.70 meters (18-08.25) to win the event, while also clearing two other heights. The junior was able to celebrate on his last jump already having won the title, attempting to clear 5.85 meters.
Meanwhile, Kirami Yego finished 11th in the 10,000-meters late Wednesday night with a time of 28:57.61, finishing behind Cormac Dalton of Tulsa at 28:35.83. He finished just 30 seconds outside of the top eight (Patrick Kiprop of Arkansas).
With the finish by Rademeyer, the Jags end day one of the event in seventh place overall in the championships with 10 points.
Q&A with Kyle
- Why do you enjoy being a student athlete at South?
Being a student athlete requires me to spend a lot of time dedicated to practicing between classes, but there are many rewarding moments. I’m part of a community, and I’ve made life-long connections with teammates and friends.
- What do you want to be in the future?
I hope to take my pole vaulting career as far as I can, and after that, I’m most interested in physical therapy and chiropractic care.
- Why did you choose South?
Niel Giliomee, who is also from South Africa and a former teammate, helped me decide on South. I ultimately chose South because it is a smaller school, and I felt like I would be more than just a number on a team.