Ta’riq Thomas, already the most decorated athlete in Delaware Valley College history, earned two more All-America honors at the NCAA Division 3 nationals at La Crosse, Wisc.
Thomas placed second in the long jump with a 24-11 1/4 jump and third in the triple jump with a personal-best 49-10.
He’s now a SEVEN-TIME NCAA Division 3 track All-America for the Doylestown-New Britain, Pa., school.
He’s also a three-time Middle Atlantic Conference Field Event Athlete of the Year, a nine-time MAC champion and a three-time Mideast Region Athlete of the Year.
Thomas averaged 24-6 on his six attempts in the long jumps, with a best of 24-11 1/4 on his first jump of the competition. He had to settle for second behind a Beamonesque jump by Montclair’s George Alexandris, a graduate of Fair Lawn – like Woodstown, a Group 1 school.
Alexandris broke the NCAA Division 3 record with a wind-aided 26-foot leap after beginning the day with a PR of 24-9.
The second-place finish is Thomas’s best ever in the long jump at nationals.
In the triple jump, Thomas’s PR 49-10 jump came on his third jump. Just like the long jump, he had a very consistent series, with a 49-0 opener, a 48-5 1/2, the PR 49-10, then a 48-7 and a 48-10 1/2 before he closed with a foul.
Thomas matched his best outdoor finish in the triple jump with his third place. He’s earned All-America honors in the triple jump alone five times.
Here’s a look at Thomas’s seven career All-America performances:
Long Jump – 24-11 1/4 [2nd]
Triple Jump – 49-10 [3rd]
Long jump – 23-7 [3rd]
Triple jump – 47-10 3/4 [6th]
Triple jump – 48-1 1/2 [2nd]
Triple jump – 48-8 1/4 [3rd]
Triple jump – 48-3 3/4 [6th]
One other note: In the triple jump, Stockton’s Jared Lewis, a Deptford graduate, placed sixth, earning his NINTH All-America honor. More on Jared soon!