National Champion can be added to Lutalo Boyce's resume in his first indoor season for the Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field team as he took the long jump crown Friday night at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships at Birmingham Crossplex.
In his second jump of the day, Boyce tied his school and Lone Star Conference record with a distance of 25-7.25 (7.80m) that held up through the final four flights. He posted the top two leaps of the day (25-5.25, 7.75m) while beating Damarcus Simpson of Chadron State by over a foot.
Overall, the Javelinas placed 11th with 22 points as they beat out Texas A&M-Commerce by a point as the top Lone Star Conference team
Jeron Robinson claimed third in the high jump after clearing 7-1.75 (2.18m), adding six points to the men's team total.
Also becoming All-Americans for the first time were Francisco Javier Lopez and Amber Perry, while Jordan Yamoah has earned the status three times.
Lopez began the day by finishing fifth in the 60m hurdles in 8.05 seconds.
Perry followed just over an hour later with a sixth place finish in the 400m dash. She crossed the line third in her heat in a time of 55.47.
Yamoah easily cleared the first two heights but needed all three attempts to get over 16-6 (5.05m). The other seven competitors all struggled to clear 16-10 (5.15m) while Yamoah got over on his first two tries just barely tapped the bar to knock it off. On his third attempt he wasn't able to clear and lost out on second on misses...complete TAMUK coverage.