Point Park's Davis leaps to NAIA All-American honors in triple jump, places 6th
March 5, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. ET
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Jryi Davis had his best-ever triple jump on Saturday, and it earned him NAIA All-American honors at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship.
Davis, a junior from Bangor, Pa., leaped a distance of 14.44 meters, a personal best, in Saturday's finals of the NAIA indoor triple jump. It came at the best time, as it earned him a sixth-place finish nationally, a spot on the podium and NAIA All-American status.
Davis advanced through the preliminaries by winning his flight. It was one of three flights in the prelims. It was the second time competing at the NAIA indoor national championship for Davis, who also competed there last year as a sophomore.
After qualifying for indoor nationals earlier this year with a then-personal best distance of 14.29 meters, Davis upped that performance when it counted. He began the first-ever NAIA All-American for Point Park men's track and field, which is in its third year as a program. The top eight finishers in each event were NAIA All-American.
Also competing in the triple jump from Point Park was Tyler Carter, a freshman from Penn Hills, Pa. Carter made his first national championship appearance and placed 24th in the country with a leap of 12.45 meters.
By putting two triple jumpers at the NAIA indoor national championship, Point Park was one of only six schools in the nation to do so. Three of those ended up with the first, second and third-place finishers in Saturday's finals with those being Wayland Baptist, Indiana Tech and Doane.