Men's Track

    Wilson Takes Third in Long Jump

    Go Hoosiers! Aarik Wilson earned the bronze medal in the long jump at the NCAA Championships
    Go Hoosiers!
    Aarik Wilson earned the bronze medal in the long jump at the NCAA Championships
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 6, 2005

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. --Senior IU standout Aarik Wilson's quest for his third NCAA title fell just a bit short in the finals of the men's long jump on Thursday at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Wilson, who earned his ninth All-American laurel did everything he could to hang on to his 7.91m/25-11.50 lead but was edged out by eventual winner Fabrice Lapierre of Texas A&M (8.15m/26-9) and runner- up Oliver Koenig of Iowa State (8.00m/26-3) in an exciting final round. Wilson's bronze medal earned the Hoosiers six points to put IU in fifth-place after two days of competition.

    "I have to congratulate Fabrice (Lapierre)," Wilson said. "It was a life-time PR for him. Obviously I would have liked to have won, but I'll come out bigger and better tomorrow for the triple jump."

    In other action on the track, junior Sean Jefferson successfully got through the qualifying round of the 1,500m in a very fast-paced heat. Jefferson finished 10th overall with a time of 3:41.40. His heat featured three athletes that ran sub-3:40's, the top three collegiate times thus far. Lagging behind in 11th with 800m, Jefferson quickly changed his position and moved up into fifth as the packs began to separate. The Delray Beach, Fla., native kicked it into high gear with a little over 200m to go and crossed the finish line in sixth.

    Distance runner Larra Overton ran a solid 1,500m, but her time of 4:26.16 would not be enough to get her through to the next round. Overton took the lead at the 600m mark, but trailed off when the bell lap approached.

    Wilson will have another shot at winning another NCAA crown tomorrow when he competes in the qualifying round of the triple jump, which is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.

    Indiana Results for Thursday

    Long Jump (Final)
    Aarik Wilson-3rd-7.91m (25-11.50)

    1,500m (Round 1)
    Sean Jefferson-10th-3:41.40

    1,500m (Round 1)
    Larra Overton-22nd-4:26.16



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