River Road pole vaulter Zack Harris qualified for the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships by placing third at the USATF Region 12 meet in Lubbock.

Harris, who finished seventh at the UIL state meet in May, vaulted 13-11¼ in the Young Men’s Division on July 6 at Fuller Track Stadium.

The national meet is July 23-29 at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium in Baltimore. Harris, who will be a junior in the fall, earned a berth at the meet in his first season competing in USATF outdoor events.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Harris said. “I’ve been working hard since last November, and it’s been paying off.”