Van Vleck graduate wins national title for Javelinas in triple jump
May 27, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.
PUEBLO, Colo. - Texas A&M-Kingsville's C.J. Griggs won the triple jump at the NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.
Griggs, a sophomore from Van Vleck, stood in fourth place after the preliminary round with a personal-best jump of 50 feet 7.25 inches.
But Griggs' right ankle was bothering him and forced him to pass on his second jump. In the finals, Griggs switched and jumped off his left foot.
Griggs did not improve on his fourth jump, but his fifth jump went 51-9.25.
The fifth jump proved to be the winner, as Griggs held off UC-San Diego's KaWai Ng, who went 51-9.
Griggs became the second Texas A&M-Kingsville triple jumper to win a national championship.
Harrison Carrington won the event in 1993 with a school-record jump of 52 feet, a school record.
Griggs' triple jump was the second-best in school history and helped the Javelinas to a sixth-place finish with 44 points.
Texas A&M-Kingsville's best finish came in 1993 when it finished fourth.