July 7, 2013
KAZAN, Russia — University of New Mexico senior-to-be Django Lovett tied for seventh in his section of the men’s high jump preliminaries at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday.
Lovett, hailing from Surrey, British Columbia, cleared 7 feet, ½ inch (2.15 meters) and nearly advanced to the finals of the event. However, one extra foul at an earlier bar height prevented the three-time NCAA Championship qualifier from advancing to the finals.
Nonetheless, Lovett did manage one of his best performances in some time, clearing the seven-foot mark for the first time in over a month.
Lovett managed a solid start at Central Stadium in Kazan, faultlessly maneuvering the first four bar progressions in Group A. Through the fourth height, 6-10 ½ (2.10 meters), Lovett was tied for the lead with seven other competitors.
However, Lovett fouled one attempt at 2.15 meters, which—despite clearing that height on his next attempt—proved to be costly.
The top 12 marks moved onto the finals. In case of a tie for the final berth, the number of cumulative fouls through the competition is the determining factor. Whoever has fewer fouls advances to the finals.
The last four finalists had three fouls, while Lovett had four.
Lovett, representing Canada, entered competition with a personal record of 7-1 ¾ (2.18 meters). His season best was 7-1 (2.16 meters), achieved at the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary competition.