High Jumper Lovett Places Fifth at NACAC U-23 Championships

July 9, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico junior Django Lovett placed fifth in the men’s high jump at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships on Sunday with a clearance of 6 feet, 10 3/4 inches (2.10 meters).

Lovett, the only Canadian to register a mark in the event, cleared just below seven feet in the event won by Mexico’s Edgar A. Rivera’s 7-3 3/4 (2.23) mark. It was the first time Lovett finished below seven feet (2.14) since the Mountain West Outdoor Championships two months ago.

The Surrey, British Columbia, native entered competition in Guanajuato, Mexico, with a personal record of 7-1.75 (2.18), and reached 7-1 (2.16) in a non-qualifying effort at the Canadian Track & Field Trials late last month. He has also posted strong performances at the NCAA’s, reaching 7-1 1/2 (2.17) in the preliminary round and 7 1/2 (2.15) at the Championships.

Lovett was also the last Lobo to compete at the NACAC U-23 Championships, as Kendall Spencer took runner-up honors in the men’s long jump with a 25-2 (7.67) leap on Friday.