BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Lake Erie College track and field junior Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) finished second in the high jump to capture his fifth career All-American honor Friday night (March 8) at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Crossplex in Birmingham.
Dudley, the reigning NCAA Division II Outdoor champion in the event, finished third and fifth, respectively, in his first two national indoor appearances. He posted his second-best indoor mark, 7' 2 ¼" on this night but it wasn't enough to claim his second straight individual NCAA title.
Dudley breezed through his first three attempts and cleared 6' 11 ¾" on his second try. He needed just one attempt each to clear 7' 1" and 7" 2 ¼" – the only athlete to do so – but stalled on his three attempts to clear 7' 3 ¼".
Jeron Robinson of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, who needed two tries at 7'1" and 7" 2 ¼", made it over 7' 3 ¼" on his first attempt to win the title. He later attempted and cleared 7' 4 ¼"on his third try.
None of the other 15 competitors in the event surpassed 6' 11 ¾". Corey Thomas of Stonehill College was third.
Dudley scored eight points for his second-place finish, putting the Storm in a tie for 10th place through four of the 17 scored events. Sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) will compete on Saturday, March 9, in the triple jump.