Jackson's Big Jump Sends Him to NCAA Championship

Sophomore Nicholas Jackson secured his spot at the NCAA Championships with a school-record jump of 6'9" at the Pointer Final Qualifier on Saturday. (Photo by Adrian College track and field).
Sophomore Nicholas Jackson secured his spot at the NCAA Championships with a school-record jump of 6'9" at the Pointer Final Qualifier on Saturday. (Photo by Adrian College track and field).

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Adrian College men's track and field team will be sending four athletes to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Mass. next weekend, as of Saturday night's results. Five Bulldogs competed at the Pointer Final Qualifier hosted by Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday, March 2, sophomore jumper Nicholas Jackson's performance punching his ticket to the National Championships.

Jackson was tied for 20th nationally heading into the weekend, the cutline for nationals. He responded in a big way, setting a new school indoor record with a jump of 6'9" to put him 10th in the nation and securely qualified for next weekend.

That was Adrian's only performance of the day that secured a spot, as AC's other three runners that qualified did so with faster times earlier in the season. Sophomore Donovan Ervin set a new PR in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.94 and a third-place finish, but it was not enough to crack the top-20 in the 60-meter.

The four Bulldogs going to Boston next weekend are Jackson in the high jump, senior Randy Fry in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes and senior Jordan Davis and sophomore Denzel Tinsley in the 60-meter hurdles. Fry is currently eighth in the 60-meter after his school-record time of 6.85 at the conference championships and is ninth in the 200-meter with another school-record time of 21.99 at the Hillsdale Tune-Up. Davis will head to the National Championships third in the 60-meter hurdles after his record 8.03 at the conference championships last weekend and Tinsley is 16th with a time of 8.20 set at the Midwest ELITE Invitational a month ago.

The NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships will be in Boston, Mass. on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. They are hosted this year by UMass-Boston. Following the conclusion of the indoor season, Adrian will have three weeks off before its first outdoor competition when the Bulldogs are at the Hanover Invitation hosted by Hanover College on Saturday, March 30.