Track & Field


AS A JUNIOR: Led Irish pole vaulters throughout the season ... nearly matched his career best at the Windsor Team Challenge, posting a mark of 4.70m (15-5) ... saw improvement in the outdoor season, culminating in a career-best vault of 4.80m (15-9) at the BIG EAST Championship ... took sixth overall in a competitive field at the meet, contributing points towards the team title.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Teamed with Justin Oppel to give the Irish two strong performers in the pole vault ... set a career best early in the indoor season with a 4.71m (15-5 ½) vault at the Central Michigan Opener ... qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championship and finished fifth with a vault of 4.50m (14-9) ... tied a career best in the outdoor season with a 4.75m (15-7) vault at the Mike Poehlein Invitational ... finished fourth in the pole vault at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship with a vault of 4.50m (14-9) ... scored points in both BIG EAST league meets during the 2005 season.

AS A FRESHMAN: Worked on his development in the pole vault during his rookie season in 2004 ... posted a season-best 4.65m (15-3) clearance during the indoor campaign at the Notre Dame Opener ... best effort of the outdoor season (4.60m, 15-1) placed him fourth at the Purdue Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Two-sport standout at Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, Ill. ... four-year letterwinner in both track & field and soccer ... an outstanding pole vaulter who was nationally ranked (eighth) with a season-best 4.905m (16-1) effort in 2003 ... set the school indoor (4.80m, 15-9) and outdoor (4.905m, 16-1) records during his prep career ... was undefeated in the individual pole vault during his senior season ... only loss came in the state finals, where he finished second ... placed fourth in the pole vault at the Junior Olympics in 2003 ... also was a goalkeeper for the soccer team ... second oldest of four children ... born March 5, 1985, in Mt. Prospect, Ill. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.

Career Track Bests
Pole Vault 4.71m (15-5 ½) 2005 Central Michigan Opener
Pole Vault 4.80m (15-9) 2006 BIG EAST Championships

Dave Viken
Dave  Viken


Mt. Prospect, IL

High School:
Rolling Meadows


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