May 27, 2006
Final Stats NCAA Championship Event Information
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second consecutive year, Scott Mayle dominated the field, capturing the 2006 Mideast Regional Long Jump title and a spot at the NCAA Championships in two weeks, improving his championship qualifying record to 3-0.
"We were real happy with his performance," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "He did a great job because he didn't even need to take his third jump in the final round."
Five Bobcats competed in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on the University of Tennessee's campus. In each event, the top four finishers from each of the four regionals will advance with two at-large participants from the regionals to the June 7-10 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium.
After a winning jump of 25-06.75 against 31 other athletes from schools like LSU and Kent State, Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) will be making his third trip to Sacramento. Tone Belt of Louisville was the closest competitor at 25-02 in the region.
Mayle's jump was tied for fourth-best in the country during the weekend. At the Midwest Regional, Texas A&M's Fabrice Lapierre had the top jump in the country at 26-05.75 with Baylor's Chris Gillis close behind at 26-04.50. UCLA's Joel Tuosto won the West Regional at 25-06.75, while Florida's Mike Morrison captured the East Regional at 25-06.75.
In 2003, Mayle finished fourth and qualified for an automatic bid at the Mideast Regional with a jump of 25-10. After redshirting in 2004, he won his first title at 26-00 in 2005, second-best mark in school history. Now, he will focus on improving upon his best finish at the NCAA Championships, 14th place (24-11.25) in 2003.
"He's proven himself to be a game day competitor," Calkins said. "He's been in this situation before and was relaxed and confident coming into the event today against tough competition."
Senior Jaclyn Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) was the only Bobcat to compete in two separate events. On Friday, she placed 26th in the shot put at 45-05.75. On Saturday, she took 20th in the hammer throw at 170-11 to finish her career as one of the top throwers in school history.
During her final year in Athens, she broke school records in the shot put (outdoors), the 20-lb weight throw (indoors) and the hammer throw (outdoors).
Junior Chelsea Stephan (Brookville) finished second in her flight of the javelin and tenth overall with a throw of 141-04 on Friday.
On the track in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Jessica Kestler (Maineville) finished fourth in her heat and 19th overall at 1:01.45.
The last Bobcat to compete Saturday evening, junior Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) finished seventh in his flight and 19th overall in the 3,000m steeplechase at 9:13.38.
"I was real happy with all of their hard work and preparation," Calkins said. "Chelsea and Jessica had their second-best career performances."
"To come to the regional and compete at that level, it's not only a great experience but also a great accomplishment," Calkins explained.
In team results, LSU captured both titles with 95.50 points on the women's side and 71 points in the men's section. Officially, with help from Mayle's 10 points, the Ohio men tied with Ohio State and Louisiana Tech for 28th out of 46 schools that scored points in the regional. Cincinnati finished with nine points, while Miami had one.
The season is not finished though as Mayle will be representing Ohio at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento. The qualifying round for the men's long jump is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, at 10:15 p.m. Eastern Time with the finals set for Thursday, June 8, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time.