Sunday Jun 10 2012
Hinch an All-American at ASU
By: Journal Sports Staff
Placer High grad third in the pole vault at NCAA Championships
Derick Hinch capped his college pole vault season with an All-American performance at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The Placer High graduate took third in the pole vault, matching his career-best with a clearance of 5.50m (18-00.50). Hinch, who needed a jump-off just to earn the 12th and final NCAA qualifying spot at the NCAA West Prelims, struggled at his opening height of 5.15m (16-10.75) and needed a third-attempt clearance just to avoid a no-height in the competition. Hinch found that jump in him though and proceeded to heat up from there. Hinch would post second-attempt clearances at 5.30m (17-04.50), 5.40m (17-08.50) and 5.50m as the competition around him continued to dwindle. A series of misses and passes from the few remaining at the 5.50m handed Hinch the third-place finish and his first All-America award of his career. The finish gave Arizona State its first pole vault All-American since 1994, a remarkable feat for the junior college transfer out of Cuesta College in California that might earn the sophomore a few more votes in the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year competition.