FREELAND, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) released the All-MIAA Outdoor Track and Field teams on Tuesday, May 7, with three Adrian College athletes making the cut by winning their respective events at the MIAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend.
Sophomore Denzel Tinsley won the 110-meter hurdles, defending his title from last year. His time of 14.41 was not only a personal record but also a record for the MIAA. His time propelled him into the top 10 in the country, currently sitting eighth in Division III with two weeks to go before the NCAA Championships.
Fellow sophomore Nicholas Jackson was also named All-MIAA after winning the high jump, where three Bulldogs ended up placing. Jackson's winning jump was a height of 6'6.75", tying teammate Daz Lawrence but beating him with one fewer miss at the championship height. His season-best mark of 6'9" currently puts him tied for tenth in the nation, also with Lawrence. Just like Tinsley, this was also Jackson's second straight MIAA title.
Adrian's third champion from last weekend was junior John Hamilton, who won the triple jump to be named All-Conference. Hamilton set a PR with his jump of 47'1.75", more than three feet better than his previous best. His jump puts him 21st in the nation, just outside the top 20 that qualifies for the NCAA Championships.
The Bulldogs will send their NCAA hopefuls to Naperville, Ill. this weekend for the Dr. Keeler Invitational, hosted by North Central College. That will be followed by the Great Lakes NCAA Final Qualifying Meet, where the team will have one last chance to hit that top 20 mark before the NCAA Championships the final weekend of May.
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