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Jesse Garn and Keishorea Armstrong will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 10-13 at the University of Oregon.
Garn, Armstrong advance to NCAA Track & Field Championships
June 1, 2015Tweet
Senior middle distance runner Jesse Garn and sophomore jumper Keishorea Armstrong have both advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held June 10-13 at the University of Oregon. It marks the first time that Binghamton will send more than one athlete to a NCAA Division I Track & Field Championship meet.
Garn punched his ticket by clocking the seventh-fastest time on Friday night in the finals of the 800 at the NCAA East Regional Meet (1:47.21). Armstrong, meanwhile, placed sixth overall in the women’s long jump (20-0 ½). She also competed in the triple jump. The three-day meet was hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
“We are very proud of both Jesse and Keishorea,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “Jesse ran a very patient and smart race in the 800 and Keishorea was perfect on the runway during her final two jumps. For both of them to make it to nationals at a smaller school says a lot about each of them.”
The top three finishers in each of the three heats of the men’s 800 plus the next three fastest times advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Garn won the first of three heats. Brandon McBride of Mississippi State had the top overall time (1:45.97).
Garn is the third Binghamton male athlete to advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Rory Quiller qualified in the pole vault 2006 and 2007 and Erik van Ingen advanced in the 1,500 in 2011 and 2012. Quiller was a first-team All-American in 2007 while van Ingen earned the same honor both years he made the meet.
Earlier in the year, Garn advanced to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (also in the 800), which were held March 14-15 at the University of Arkansas. He earned honorable mention All-America honors following the season.
The top 12 overall performances in the women’s long jump qualified for the NCAA Championships. Armstrong jumped only 18-0 ½ in her first attempt but in her second try, she cleared 20 feet, which only eight other competitors in the field accomplished.
Armstrong is the first Binghamton female athlete to advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It has been since 1999, when Kate Mullins (pole vault) and Monique Hacker (triple jump) earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division II Championships, since a Binghamton female athlete took part in a national track meet.