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North Central College Cardinals finish fifth at nationals

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The North Central College men’s track and field team took a large leap forward in the team standings at the end of the final day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships on May 26, scoring 30 points in the final two events and winding up fifth in the 84-team field.

The Cardinals saved their best performance for last, sweeping the top three spots in the pole vault, which was the final event to be contested. After Peter Geraghty, John Wood and Josh Winder cleared 16 feet, 6 3/4 inches, they found themselves to be the only ones remaining in the competition and proceeded to push their limits after the team points had been secured. Geraghty (photo) won the top spot, securing his second straight outdoor national title and a new personal best. It marks the sixth time a Cardinal has won a national championship in the vault and the 115th individual national title in North Central's history.

Click here to view videos and read results of all the Cardinals who competed.

North Central totaled 32 1/3 points in the three-day meet, also getting a seventh-place finish from Kerley in the 10,000-meter run on May 24 before Zach Heerspink finished in a three-way tie for eighth place in the high jump on May 25. McMurry University (Tex.) won the meet with 66 points.