Spencer Wins Long Jump at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 9, 2012

NAMPA, Idaho – Kendall Spencer, a sophomore from San Mateo, Calif., was crowned national champion in the men’s long jump at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday with a school-record 26-foot, 3.5-inch mark.

Spencer, who came into the weekend with the fifth best mark in the nation, outdueled all the other competitors, including top-seeded Damar Forbes of LSU and his 26-7.75 seed mark.

Forbes came in second with a 26-2.75 leap, and was followed by Texas’ Marquise Goodwin (26-2.25), Texas Tech’s Bryce Lamb (25-9.5), and Nebraska’s Chris Phipps (25-8) to round out the top five.

Spencer’s championship is also the first for New Mexico since Lee Emanuel notched back-to-back gold medals in the mile in 2009 and 2010.

A lock for First-Team All-America honors (which is officially released by Monday), Spencer continues to hold the New Mexico and Mountain West records in the indoor long jump. He also finished fourth in the nation in the 2012 indoor season.

The Lobos continue tomorrow with the men’s 3000-meter run, the triple jump and the women’s 5000m.