PUEBLO, COLO. – Junior Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) earned his sixth All-American honor and his second straight national runner-up finish in the high jump Friday (May 24) on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Dudley, the 2012 national champion, fell just short of a repeat individual title but matched his 2013 indoor finish and picked up the first points of the championship for the Lake Erie College track and field teams.
And just like the indoor national meet two months ago, Dudley went head-to-head with Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Jeron Robinson for the championship. Dudley and Robinson were the only two jumpers to advance past the first four jumps, with the rest of the field bowing out at 7' 1 ¾" (2.18 meters).
Both competitors cleared the bar at 7'3" (2.21) on their first attempt, but missed their initial jump at 7' 4 ¼" (2.24). Robinson, however, cleared it on his second try. Dudley was unable to match, giving Robinson his second straight individual crown.
In six national appearances, Dudley has never finished lower than fifth, posting a first, second and fourth in three trips to the outdoor meet.
His second-place finish earned the team eight points, tying the Storm men for 16th in the overall standings out of 35 scoring teams to this point.
Lake Erie will look to add to its point total with two All-Americans going on Saturday, as sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) and redshirt junior Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) compete in the finals of the triple jump and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. The Storm women also make their national championship debut as sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) competes in the high jump.