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Bond advances to NCAA Championships in triple jump

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/29/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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Junior Devon Bond joined senior Teddy Williams and freshman Keith Benford on UTSA's roster for next month's national meet.
AUSTIN — Junior Devon Bond became the third Roadrunner to move on to next month's national meet when he finished 11th in the triple jump on Saturday night in the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Bond skipped to a 51-11 (15.82m) measurement on his first leap of the evening, which allowed him to move on to the quarterfinals in 10th place. The Trenton, N.J., native then had three more jumps to hold off half of the six jumpers behind him in the standings and only one, Neelon Greenwood of Oklahoma (52-0 ½/15.86m), was able to move past the Southland Conference Champion. He is the first triple jumper in program history to move on to the NCAA finals.

"I'm excited about having the chance to move on to nationals, but I'm going to need to perform much better," Bond said. "I had far too many mental errors, but those are correctable. I will use the next two weeks to improve and be ready to give it my all in Eugene."

Freshman Richard Garrett Jr. was the only other UTSA athlete to compete on Saturday and his discus toss of 164-8 (50.19m) was not long enough to move him to the second round of three throws.

The NCAA Championships will get underway on Wednesday, June 9, at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Senior All-American Teddy Williams (100 meters) and freshman Keith Benford (high jump) will join Bond at the four-day meet. The three national qualifiers tie the school record established four years ago.

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