Former Hoosiers Win USA Track and Field Championships, Heading to Valencia
Feb. 28, 2008
BOSTON - The USA Track and Field Championships took place on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 22nd and 23rd. Several current and former Hoosiers competed in the meet. Indiana alums Aarik Wilson and David Neville each took first place finishes on their way to qualifying for the World Championships in Valencia, Spain on March 7-9.
Wilson was a five-time All-American at Indiana in the triple jump and long jump. He also won six Big Ten Championships. He placed first in Boston in the triple jump with a mark of 55 feet, 5 3/4 inches. His mark was seven inches better than the second place finisher, Kenta Bell.
Wilson's win qualifies him for the World Championships and is a step in the path toward the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Neville was a four-time All-American at Indiana in the 200m, 400m and 4X400m relay. He also won three Big Ten Championships. In Boston, he recorded the fastest time by an American this year in the 400m. His time of 46.72 was .38 seconds faster than the second place finisher in the event, Greg Nixon.
Wilson and Neville are two of 51 total athletes being sent by the U.S. to Valencia for the World Championships.
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