June 30, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico high jumper Django Lovett almost set a new personal record in the finals of the men’s high jump at the Canadian Track & Field Trials, but ended up placing third as he fell short of qualifying to the Canadian Olympic team.
Lovett, who cleared 7 feet, 1 inch (2.16 meters), managed to score the requisite top-three finish needed to advance to the 2012 Summer Olympics, but could not achieve the Olympic A Standard of 7-7 (2.31).
Overall, the Surrey, British Columbia, native placed third in the seven-man final and finished his third straight meet with a final mark above seven feet, dating back to May. With a career mark of 7-1.75 (2.18), Lovett came within two centimeters of matching his lifetime best jump.
He opened the competition at Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary, Alberta by faultlessly clearing the first three bar progressions before fouling his first attempt at 7-1. He was able to achieve that on his second try at that height before bowing out at 7-2.25 (2.19), which would have been a new personal best.
With his performance, Lovett marked the last Lobo to compete for a shot at the Olympics, now that most nations’ Trials are coming to a close. However, former New Mexico and La Cueva High School athlete Jarrin Solomon was able to earn his spot on the Trinidad and Tobago national team in the 4x400-meter relay last weekend.
Lovett is also not finished jumping, as he and teammate Kendall Spencer will compete at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships, July 6-8 in Guanajuato, Mexico.