Senior enters competition with a seeded mark of 7.54 meters
EUGENE, Ore. (June 11, 2014) – Senior field athlete Tyler Stepp (Dandridge, Tenn.) will compete Thursday in the men’s long jump at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Competition in the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Stepp -- with a seeded mark of 7.54 meters -- will jump first in the second of two flights, with both flights featuring 12 competitors each. The top-nine scores from both flights will then move on to the finals with the top eight jumpers at the conclusion of competition earning First-Team All-America honors by the United States Track and Field Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Following recording an NCAA Championship qualifying mark of 7.54 meters at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries two weeks ago in Jacksonville, Fla., Stepp will again try his hand in the long jump against the country’s best for the second-consecutive year. The native Tennessean’s 7.54 meters leap at Regionals was eighth-best overall out of approximately 50 jumpers which allowed him advance to the Championships along with the other top-11 jumpers.
Competing on the biggest stage in the sport at the collegiate level is nothing new to the senior after placing ninth overall in the event at the Championships last season. Stepp advanced to the finals with a mark of 7.79 meters on his second jump, but fouled on his finals jump to place ninth. This placement allowed the jumper to earn Second-Team All-America honors by the USTFCCCA.
The top seeded mark among the other 23 jumpers is 7.82 meters from Marquis Dendy of Florida. Achieving a score such as this is certainly doable as Stepp’s personal-best jump in the event is 7.80 meters which was accomplished last season at the Sea Ray Relays. All things considered, the senior is poised to challenge for a spot on the winner’s podium.
Meet information, schedules, heat sheets, entry lists, live results, and tickets for the 2014 NCAA Division I NCAA Championships can be accessed by visiting NCAA.com. A complete recap of Stepp’s performance will be available Thursday night at ETSUBucs.com.
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