(Neb.)- CSC's Grimes Qualifies For NCAA Meet In Two Events
INDIANAPOLIS -- Chadron State College track and field student-athlete Isaac Grimes was accepted into the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in two events after start lists for the meet were released Tuesday.
Grimes, a sophomore from Moreno Valley, California, was a near-certain entry in the men's long jump after he led the nation for several weeks with a season-best, auto-qualifying mark of 7.80 meters (25-07.25) achieved April 5 in Boulder, Colorado. He is the reigning indoor long jump national champ.
However Grimes, the indoor national runner-up in the triple jump, was unable to post a qualifying mark in his other specialty while recovering from a hamstring injury all throughout the outdoor season. He withdrew from the event in Boulder and was again unable to go April 19 when he visited the University of Northern Colorado. Grimes was left out of the competition at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships as a result of not posting a result in the outdoor season.
Last Sunday in Kearney, Nebraska, though, he entered a last chance meet and landed a triple jump of 15.03 meters (49-03.75), good for his second-best collegiate outdoor mark and a second-place finish, ranking him in a tie for 20th nationally. That provisional-qualifying mark came on his first attempt. By virtue of his national ranking and his automatic-qualifier in the long jump, Grimes was entered into the field of 20 athletes to compete in Kingsville, Texas, next Thursday.
The national leader in the triple jump is senior Abraham Seaneke of West Texas A&M with a mark of 52-6 ¾. Sophomore Ryan Brown of Lincoln College in Missouri is second at 52-6.
Grimes is third on the national long jump outdoor lineup with a best of 25-7 ¼. Freshman Dyshon Vaughn of Texas A&M-Kingsville, the host of the national meet, leads the way at 26-4 ½ and Brown is second at 25-11.
Chadron State's Californian won the Division II national indoor meet long jump championship in March by going 25-8 ¾, two inches farther than runner-up Kizan David of Lincoln College. Brown was third at the same distance as David's, but Brown's next best leap was not as good as his teammate's.
Brown then took the indoor national title over Grimes, in what was initially known as the "hop, step and jump", by going 52-6 ½.
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