2006 NCAA Championships Event Information
June 8, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Ohio junior Scott Mayle became the first Bobcat track and field athlete since 1998 to reach the final round of an NCAA Championship event when his leap of 24-11.25 in the preliminary round late Wednesday night qualified him for a chance to compete for a national championship Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EST in the Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento.
Mayle, a native of Philippi, W.Va., finished fifth in his flight and seventh overall in the preliminary round. Of the 26 competitors in the field, the top 12 from the two prelim flights advanced to Thursday night's finals. He also jumped 24-3 and 24-8 in his other two attempts.
This is Mayle's third trip to the NCAA Championships, but his first time qualifying for the finals. He finished 17th in 2005 with a long mark of 24-1 and he recorded a leap of 24-11.25 to finish 14th as a freshman.
Mayle's career-best jump of 26-0 came in the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional when he captured the first of consecutive regional titles.
The last Ohio track athlete to compete in the finals of a NCAA Championship event was Jackie Conrad in 1998 when she finished fifth in the 10,000 meters. The last male to compete for a national title was Greg Jones when he finished second in the shot put in the 1988 indoor championships.
Conrad and Jones were also the last Ohio track athletes to be named All-Americans. The top eight finishers in Thursday's long jump final will earn All-America status.
Mike Morrison, a junior from Florida, turned in the longest leap of the preliminary round with a jump of 25-11.5. Six of the 12 finalists recorded jumps of over 25-0 during prelims.
Texas A&M's Fabrice Lapierre captured the 2005 NCAA long jump title with a mark of 26-9. He also qualified for Thursday's final with a preliminary jump of 25-4.5, the fourth-best mark on Wednesday.
The last Ohio track athlete to capture an NCAA Championship was in 1978 when Alfred Ogunfeyimi took the indoor long jump title. The Bobcats' last outdoor champion was Rick Dowswell in the javelin in 1972.