June 9, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Ohio long jumper Scott Mayle wrapped up his junior campaign with a 12th place finish at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships when he competed in the finals late Thursday night in the Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Cal State Sacramento.
On Wednesday, Mayle became the first Bobcat track and field athlete since 1998 to reach the final round of an NCAA Championship event when he qualified in the long jump. Mayle, a native of Philippi, W.Va., finished fifth in his flight and seventh overall in the preliminary round with a jump of 24-11.25.
The junior was unable to have similar success in the finals, however. He scratched on his first attempt of the night, then experienced a problem with his approach on the second jump and recorded a mark of just 19-2.25. Mayle's third and final attempt of the finals was also a foul, ending his bid for the title.
Nebraska's Arturs Abolins won the national title with a leap of 26-3 on the fourth of his five attempts. Defending national champion Fabrice Lapierre of Texas A&M was the runner-up with a mark of 26-2.25.
This was Mayle's third trip to the NCAA Championships and his first time to compete in 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.
By not placing in the top eight in the finals, Mayle just missed out on earning All-America honors. Jackie Conrad was the last Ohio track athlete to be named All-American when she finished fifth in the 10,000 meters in 1998.
The event brings to an end the competitive season for Mayle and the rest of the Ohio track and field squad.