Taylor Hockman Qualifies For NCAA Indoor Championships
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College senior Taylor Hockman (Martinsburg, W. Va./Hedgesville) has qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Long Jump National Championship at Grinnell College (Iowa) on Friday, March 9.
Hockman earned his place at the national championship meet by posting a jump of 7.16 meters this weekend at the Columbia University Last Chance Meet. He competed in that invitational after claiming second place of 31 student-athletes (7.12 meters) at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships Saturday at the New York City Armory.
Hockman is the first W&J male student-athlete to earn a spot in the national indoor track & field championship field since Todd Fry ’03 competed in the 55-meter high hurdles at the 2002 NCAA Division III Championships. Fry was the first W&J student-athlete in history to compete at a NCAA indoor track & field national championship.
In all, 13 student-athletes will compete for the national long jump championship this weekend. Hockman’s jump ranks 11th among the competitors. The longest jump this year was a 7.77-meter leap by Wenley Louis of Geneseo State.
The men’s long jump preliminaries and finals begin at 4:00 pm CST on Friday. W&J is led by first-year Head Coach Shawn Marek.