ALLENDALE Mich.— Lake Erie College senior high jumper Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) ended his decorated collegiate career with a second-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Friday (May 23) held at Grand Valley State University.
Dudley earned his eighth All-American honor with his finish.
Dudley cleared his first attempt of the meet at 2.05 meters (6-8") and again with ease at 2.10 meters (6-10.75) and 2.13 meters (6-11.75). At 2.16 meters (7-1), Dudley continued to impress, once again clearing on his first attempt, leaving just Dudley and Jeron Robinson of Texas A&M-Kingsville. Both competitors cleared 2.19 meters (7-2). Dudley hit the bar on his first attempt at 2.22 (7-3.75) while Robinson cleared on his first attempt. With two attempts left at the height, Dudley was unable to clear, placing him in second for the second straight year.
"Dudley had a great series of events to finish runner-up to the new Division-II high jump record [set by Robinson]," said Storm Head Coach Ryan Rademacher. "He got his eighth All-American honor because he is a great person and athlete. I have truely seen him grow over the years into a great competitor."
Dudley ends his career with eight All-American honors, including the 2012 Outdoor National Championship and the 2014 Indoor National Championship.
Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) also competed in the high jump. He cleared two meters (6-7) on his third attempt but was unable to clear the bar 2.05 meters, placing him in 14th and improving his mark of two meters from the Indoor National Championships. He will compete tomorrow in the triple jump, where he enters ranked eighth. In the Indoor Championships, Postwaite took silver in the event with a leap of 15.70 meters (51-6.25).
Freshman Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) competed in the women's triple jump in her first outdoor season. After faulting on her first attempt, Lee jumped 12.17 meters (39-11.1) on her first attempt, a personal and program best. In her third jump, she reached 11.70 meters (38-4.75), finishing the event in 15th.
"Overall, the day was a great learning experience for some young athlete who will be returning several more times," added Rademacher. "I am excited for tomorrow and the future of Lake Erie track and field."