Long Jumper Spencer Claims Silver at NACAC U-23 Championships

July 7, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico redshirt junior Kendall Spencer earned runner-up honors in the men’s long jump at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships with a 25-foot, 2-inch (7.67-meter) leap.

Spencer, whose personal record of 26-8 3/4 (8.16m) doubled as the meet’s best seed mark, placed second, just a half inch behind the University of Florida’s Marquis Dendy (25-2 1/2 [7.68m]). Just the third youngest athlete at Guanajuato, Mexico, the 20-year-old Spencer took advantage of some of the continent’s premier youth long jump talents with a strong performance.

The leap was also Spencer’s best jump since late April. The San Mateo, Calif., product claimed the 2012 NCAA indoor long jump crown and managed his longest distance in the long jump since leaping 25-5 1/2 (7.76m) at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational on April 28, 2012.  

The Lobos have one more athlete to take on the NACAC Championships as Django Lovett will compete in the men’s high jump tomorrow.