JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - E.J. Reddick set a new personal best and earned a stunning ninth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA East Regional Meet, advancing the Charleston Southern senior to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next month.
Bucs' Reddick bounces into NCAA Championships; Senior advances to Eugene in triple jump
May 28, 2016
Reddick turned in a performance of 15.91 meters (52 feet, 2 ½ inches) to shatter his previous top individual mark of 15.51 meters established two weeks ago when he won the Big South title.
The Mauldin, S.C., product, competing at the regional meet for the first time in his career, is one of 12 triple jumpers from the East Region and 24 in the country to qualify for nationals, which get under way June 8 in Eugene, Oregon.
Reddick entered the regional meet ranked 50th in the nation but easily eclipsed that seeding with his effort on Saturday. He is the first CSU athlete to advance to nationals since Braxton Drummond earned first team All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor long jump in 2014.
South Florida's Matthew O'Neal had the top mark at the regional jumping 17.01. Athletes from Penn State, Florida, Auburn, and Miami also advanced, among others.