BRISTOL, Tenn. – The NCAA announced their qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, King University men's track and field athlete Vincent Okot was selected. Okot will become the second Tornado athlete to compete in the NCAA Championships when he competes in the triple jump on March 10.
Okot garnered USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the triple jump earlier this week and has now been selected to the NCAA Championships. Earlier this year he posted a mark of 15.22 meters at the Buccaneer Invitational posted an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. That mark ranks ninth in NCAA Division II this season and it is the longest leap in Conference Carolinas and the Southeast Region this season.
His leap set a school record by 0.21 meters, eclipsing the previous record of 15.01 meters that was set in 2007. The mark of 15.22 meters is nearly one full meter long than second place in Conference Carolinas. At the Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships, Okot posted a mark of 15.06 meters, setting a conference championships record in the triple jump.
Okot is one of 16 athletes to that will be competing in the triple jump and is seed in a tie for ninth. He is also one of two athletes from the southeast region, as Olisa Obiefuna of Wingate University joins him.
That last Tornado athlete to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships was Justin Newring in 2014-15 when he competed in the 200 meter dash.
The triple jump competition is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 10 at 12:55 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Ala.