EUGENE, Ore. — Sacramento State's Darius Armstead earned first team NCAA Div. I All-America honors after placing seventh in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night at Hayward Field.
The senior started his day with fouls on his first two attempts. Needing a big jump to advance to the nine-man finals, Armstead unleashed a triple jump of 53-00.75 on his last attempt of his flight. That distance was his season best and just shy of his school-record of 53-01.50.
Once in the finals, the Visalia, Calif., native had a jump of 46-08.00 on his first attempt. He fouled on his final two jumps but his mark from the first round was good enough for seventh place. Armstead is the first Sacramento State student-athlete to earn first team honors since Jesse Elvrom placed sixth in the javelin in 2013.
Armstead was one of just seven athletes to go over 53-feet in the 24-man field. The event was won by Texas A&M's Tahar Triki who jumped 55-01.00 to win by over three inches.
NCAA Div. I Men's Triple Jump Results
1. Tahar Triki, Texas A&M, 55-01.00
2. Odaine Lewis, Texas Tech, 54-10.75
3. KeAndre Bates, Florida, 54-06.75
4. Scotty Newton, TCU, 54-00.50
5. Chengetayi Mapaya, TCU, 53-10.50
6. Christian Edwards, Alabama, 53-08.50
7. DARIUS ARMSTEAD, SACRAMENTO STATE, 53-00.75
8. Clayton Brown, Florida, 52-10.00
9. Kaiwan Culmer, Nebraska, 52-09.50
10. Jordan Scott, Virginia, 52-04.50
11. Barden Adams, Kansas, 52-02.00
12. Brian Mada, DePaul, 52-01.75
13. David Oluwadara, Boston, 52-00.50
14. Papay Glaywulu, Oklahoma, 52-00.50
15. John Warren, Southern Miss, 52-00.50
16. DaJuan Seward, Ohio State, 51-08.25
17. Jeremiah Green, Clemson, 51-06.50
18. Tuomas Kaukolahti, Cal, 50-11.50
19. Craig Stevens, Jr., Kent State, 50-04.75
20. Markel Dalton, Charlotte, 49-08.25
21. Darrel Jones, Liberty, 49-02.50
22. Zachary Johnson, Sam Houston State, 43-08.50
DNS. O'Brien Wasome, Texas
Foul. Armani Wallce, Florida State