Wilson an All-American with Bronze in Long Jump
Geneva, Ohio–Jalen Wilson (So., Desoto, Texas, Undecided) made good with his third appearance at the big show as he earned All-America status at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships Friday.
Wilson, who qualified for last year’s nationals in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, placed third out of ten competitors in the long jump with a distance of 23-4. He becomes the program’s sixth male All-American (first since 2010), including the second award indoors. The sophomore joins 1994 national champion Pat Pilgrim as the only long jump All-Americans for the Statesmen.
Alvaro Romero of Aquinas (Mich.) won the event at 23-9.
Alex Edwards (So., Knoxville, Iowa, Secondary Education) was the next-best finisher for the navy and gold, finishing 13th out of 16 runners in the preliminary round of the 600-meter run with a time of 1:21.81.
Sam Taylor (So., Eddyville, Iowa, Mechanical Engineering) advanced out of the 60-meter hurdles prelims with a school-record time of 8.32 seconds. The sophomore unfortunately could not get past the semifinals as he placed 16th at 8.34.
Gabriel Green (Sr., Anniston, Ala., Business Management) had a tough outing in his fourth nationals appearance in the 60-meter dash. The senior crossed the line in 19th place (out of 21) with a preliminary time of 7.06 seconds.
The lone William Penn female at the Championships, Meaghan Foster (Fr., Centerville, Iowa, Undecided) came up a bit short in the weight throw. The freshman was 17th out of 19 individuals with a toss of 49-7.25. She will fortunately have another chance for national success on Saturday in the shot put event.