June 10, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. – Georgia Tech senior Alphonso Jordan finished eighth overall in the triple jump to earn All-American honors in the event on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Wednesday.
“We are very proud of Alphonso, not only for what he accomplished this afternoon, but for all that he has accomplished during his career,” men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale said. “He is an exceptional young man.”
The Charlotte, N.C. native, who was competing for the final time in his Georgia Tech career, posted a mark of 52 feet, 3.25 inches in his second attempt in the field series. The mark was good enough to earn Jordan a spot in the finals of the event, where he remained in the eight spot after recording a leap of 52 feet, 0.75 inches in the fifth round of competition.
With the eighth place finish, Jordan garners All-American honors in the event for the first time at the Outdoor Championships after participating in the event the last three seasons. Jordan placed 11th in the event last season at the Outdoor Championships to just miss out on All-American honors.
With the honor, Jordan joins four other Georgia Tech athletes (James Lemons II in 2008, Malcolm Leason in 2000, Rich Thompson in 1991 & 1989 and Larry Lowe in 1977 & 1978) that have earned All-American honors in the Triple Jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
With the completion of tonight’s event, Jordan finishes off of his impressive career on The Flats. Jordan will leave Georgia Tech as the school’s all-time record holder in triple jump (indoor and outdoor) and is now a three time All-American after earning the honor in the triple jump at the Indoor Championships the last two seasons.
Earlier this season, Jordan swept the ACC’s most valuable field performer at the indoor and outdoor championships after capturing the triple jump at both meets and ends his career as a multiple All-ACC performer.
In other action on the evening, sophomore Bianca Stewart made her debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by finishing in a tie for 13th overall in the high jump after posting a mark of five feet, 7.75 inches. That mark was the fourth best of Stewart’s career.
One more Yellow Jacket student-athlete will compete on the weekend in Eugene, as senior Steve Marcelle takes part in the shot put on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:40 p.m. eastern/9:40 pacific.
Fans are reminded that they can follow all the action from Eugene in a variety of ways. Live results will be available at www.flashresults.com, while NCAA.com will be video-streaming much of the action live and free of charge. Also, CBS will televise the final two hours of the meet live from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, while CBS College Sports will have a live broadcast window on Friday from 8-10 p.m. (EST).