Former Patriot Stepp earns All American honors

EUGENE, Ore. — ETSU senior field athlete Tyler Stepp recorded a 12th-place mark of 7.35 meters in the men’s long jump at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

This placement allowed him to earn Second-Team All-America honors by the United States Track and Field Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association for the second-consecutive season.

Competing in the second of two flights, the Jefferson County product improved on each of his three jumps; culminating in his best jump of the day of 7.35 meters in his third and final attempt. This mark placed Stepp 12th overall out of 23 competitors in the event and sixth out of 12 in his flight.

The top nine scores from both flights advanced to the event finals with the closest qualifying jump to Stepp’s mark being a 7.41 meters leap. Placements 11 and 10 also featured an identical mark of 7.35 meters with tiebreaking scenarios coming into play for final slotting.

After placing between ninth and 16th-place overall, the jumper earned Second Team All-America distinction by the USTFCCCA for the second-straight season. Last year, Stepp advanced to the Championship finals with a mark of 7.79 meters on his second jump, but fouled on his finals jump to place ninth.

This achievement adds to a long list of accomplishments for the Dandridge native including multiple Atlantic Sun Conference titles in the men’s long jump and continued ascent in the event in the ETSU record book.

-From Contributed Reports

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:52 am