March 9, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho – Kendall Spencer, a sophomore from San Mateo, Calif., was crowned national champion in the men's long jump at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday with a school-record 26-foot, 3.5-inch mark.
“Right now, it really hasn’t set in just yet. I’m still kind of on edge from the competition, but it feels good,” Spencer said. “It’s really great I got to be out here. I’m healthy so I can’t really be much happier.”
Spencer, who came into the weekend with the fifth best mark in the nation, outdueled all the other competitors, including top-seeded Damar Forbes of LSU and his 26-7.75 seed mark.
Forbes came in second with a 26-2.75 leap, and was followed by Texas' Marquise Goodwin (26-2.25), Texas Tech's Bryce Lamb (25-9.5), and Nebraska's Chris Phipps (25-8) to round out the top five.
“Coming out here and not only competing with them but winning was a really big thing for me,” Spencer said.
Spencer's championship is also the first for New Mexico since Lee Emanuel notched back-to-back gold medals in the mile in 2009 and 2010.
A lock for First-Team All-America honors (which is officially released by Monday), Spencer continues to hold the New Mexico and Mountain West records in the indoor long jump. He also finished fourth in the nation in the 2012 indoor season.
Also producing for the Lobos was senior distance runner Sarah Waldron. The Puddleston, England, product clocked a 16:07.04 time in the women's 5000-meter run, placing eighth and earning New Mexico one team point.
Junior Josephine Moultrie also ran Friday, finishing 14th in the qualifying run of the women's mile. Her 4:49.56 time placed the Glasgow, Scotland, native higher than her qualifying seed, which was 20th going into the meet.
The Lobos continue tomorrow with the men's 3000-meter run and the triple jump.