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Miles named to USTFCCCA D-II Hall of Fame

Derek Miles
Photo Courtesy of Dan Gentzler
Derek Miles Photo Courtesy of Dan Gentzler

VERMILLION, SD (KWSN) –South Dakota track and field assistant coach and former Olympic pole vaulter Derek Miles was named to the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division II Athlete Hall of Fame on Friday.  He will be inducted during a ceremony before the D-II National Championships in Pueblo, Colo., on May 22.

Miles, a native of Four Oaks, Calif., was a five time All-American in the pole vault at USD.  He also qualified for the D-II National Championships in the long jump, triple jump and decathlon during his collegiate career.

After graduating from USD, Miles competed at three Olympics in the pole vault with a best finish of fourth at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.  He also became a three-time U.S. champion and a six-time world team member with a high mark of 19 feet, 2½ inches.

Miles, who now coaches the pole vault for USD track and field, has four USD women’s pole vaulters ranked in the top-30 in the nation.

Courtesy: University of South Dakota