Andrew Taylor finishes in top 10 in NCAA national high jump
Allendale, MI. – The NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships took place Friday with the end of field events. Wheeling University Track & Field saw its second year Andrew Taylor participate in his first national championship event, competing in the high jump. He finished just below his PR, jumping 2.13 meters, and tied for eighth place to complete the second day of competition.
Taylor entered the event in 14th place out of 19 jumpers and started with a height of 2.02 meters. Taylor cleared that height on the first try of the day and passed the height of 2.07 meters, advancing with 18 of the other 19 jumpers. At the 2.07 meter mark, Taylor missed the jump on her first try, but came back with a successful jump on the second try. That second height sent three more jumpers out of contention, narrowing the field to 15 competitors. The next height was 2.10, a mark Taylor only cleared once before the national championship event. He cleared it on the first jump of the day and climbed into the top ten of the event. The next task was the 2.13 meter mark, which if breached would put him just 0.02 meters below his PR.
He missed the first down, but came back with a successful jump on the second down to move him to 2.13 meters. The next height would put Taylor in uncharted territory as the height has been moved to 2.16 meters. Taylor’s PR before the event was 2.15 and he would need to add at least 0.01 yards to that to move on. He missed the first two jumps of the day and had a final hit on the third jump. Unfortunately, he missed the mark, ending his day with three other competitors. Ultimately, Taylor ended up finishing second in the field and was named to the second-team All-American.
The NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Saturday when Jabez Reeves competes in the 100 meter Dash final at 3:25 p.m.