June 13, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Competing in his third-straight NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, junior Alphonso Jordan placed 11th in the triple jump on the final day of competition at John McDonnell Field Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
“All-in-All, I think the guys did a great job this week,” men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale said. “To walk out with two All-Americans is outstanding, and I am very proud with how they competed
Jordan hit a distance of 52’2″ on his second attempt of the day, but it wasn’t enough to put the Charlotte, N.C. native in the top-nine which would have awarded him three extra attempts.
Jordan misses All-America honors by just one spot. He does however post his best-ever finish at the outdoor championships, concluding an outstanding season in which he became the ACC and NCAA East Region Champion. Jordan also set the Tech outdoor record at 53’9.25″ on the year, and earned All-America honors during the indoor season.
The Tech men finish the championships tied for 31st-place place with eight total points. It was their best finish at the national meet since the 1998 season in which the Jackets placed eighth. Texas A&M swept both the men’s and women’s titles, scoring 48 for the men and 50 for the women.
The Jackets received 2009 Outdoor All-American performances in the shot put by junior Steve Marcelle and the high jump by senior Jerome Miller. Marcelle’s sixth-place finish was the best ever by a Tech male in the shot put, and Miller’s fourth-place spot was the best ever by a Tech male high-jumper.
2009 USTFCCCA All-Americans:
Steve Marcelle – Shot Put, Discus
Jerome Miller – High Jump