Texas A&M-Kingsville's Robinson garners high jump title with 2.24m leap
PUEBLO, Colo. – Two months after winning an indoor national title in the high jump with a mark of 2.24 meters (7 feet-4 1/4 in.), Texas A&M-Kingsville sophomore Jeron Robinson duplicated the feat, winning the high jump title at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the same mark on Friday.
In a final that was similar to the indoor final, Robinson again knocked off Lake Erie’s Edward Dudley in a two-person duel. Both Robinson and Dudley, who was the reigning outdoor champion, cleared their first attempts at 2.21m (7-3).
After missing his first try at 2.24m, Robinson cleared in his second attempt. Meanwhile, Dudley missed all three attempts. Robinson attempted to match the championship record at 2.29m (7-6) but did not clear the bar.
In the Javelinas' other action of the day, Michal Idziak ran in the 800-meter preliminaries. He finished sixth in the second of three heats with a time of 1:53.29 and did not advance. His time was 16th overall.
On Saturday, two Kingsville athletes will look to add to Robinson’s success. Jordan Yamoah will look to pull the indoor-outdoor double in the pole vault, while C. J. Griggs will look to repeat in the triple jump.