Cooper Curtin represented Cal Lutheran men’s track and field in the pole vault at the 2023 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Rochester, New York, in May.
Curtin, competing in the championships for the first time, cleared the starting height of 4.60 meters in his first try. The second height was 4.75 meters, and he was up and over on his second attempt. He was not able to clear the third height of 4.90 meters, despite having previously made the mark and set the Cal Lutheran record, and tied for 12th place.
The senior came into the championships ranked 18th in the nation and moved six spots to conclude the season on the national stage. He was also named SCIAC’s Field Athlete of the Year, clearing 4.81 meters to take gold. Curtin also made the NCAA Division III Outdoor All-Region list.