Courtesy of Concordia University Wisconsin, Sports
MEQUON, Wis. -- Justin Simmons broke the CUW long jump record Friday night with a leap of 7.04 meters (23 feet-1.25 inches). His jump catapulted him from nowhere to ninth nationally in the event. Simmons will join teammate and Pentathlon contestant Brock Solveson in competition at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Greencastle, Ind., this weekend.
Solveson improved from 20th to 12th place in the national rankings for the Pentathlon this weekend. Brock's score of 3545 at the Carthage "Last Chance" meet was a major improvement and broke his own CUW record in the event.
Concordia sprinter Justin Rogers was looking to make it a CUW trifecta as he competed in the 55-meter dash. Rogers had previously qualified for the 55-meter dash at the provisional level and hoped of improve his time slightly to assure his selection into next week's national championships.
Rogers, however, pulled up in the finals of the 55-meter dash with a bad hamstring. He had gotten out to a great start in the race and looked to be pushing for an even better time, but came up lame with about 20 meters left in the event.
It was still a great night for CUW, as two school records were broken and two athletes moved closer to the national stage with their performances.
The NCAA Championships are set for Friday and Saturday at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.