BRADENTON, Fla.- After placing fourth in the men’s long jump on the first day of the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Track & Field Championships, Cervantes Jackson earned a spot in the history books Friday. Jackson won the national title in the men’s triple jump.
Jackson recorded a leap of 16.30 to lead the field and earn the top spot. In last year’s national meet, he finished fifth in the triple jump.
Jackson is Albany State’s first national champion in track and field since 2009. That year, Ronnie McGirt won the 110-meter hurdles.
With Jackson’s 10 first place points, Albany State is currently fourth in the team standings with 15 points. Ashland leads the field with 31 points, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce with 19 points. Tiffin and Central Missouri are tied for third with 16 points.
Jackson will compete in the men’s high jump on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy: Albany State Athletics