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Armstrong finishes 24th in long jump at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Oregon – Sophomore sprinter Keishorea Armstrong capped her season with a 24th-place finish in the women's long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday night. The four-day meet is being held at the University of Oregon.

Making the first appearance by a Binghamton female at a NCAA Division I track & field championship meet, Armstrong's best jump was 19-0 1/2. She fouled her first two attempts but was able to land on her final attempt.

Jenna Prandini of Oregon won the event with a jump of 22-3 1/2. The runner up was Quanesha Burks of Alabama (21-1 1/2).

Armstrong will formally be recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) at the conclusion of the meet on Saturday. The top eight finishers in her event will earn first-team status. Places 9-16 will be named to the second-team while finishers 17-24 will be tabbed honorable mention.

The meet capped a six-week stretch for Armstrong which began with her scoring a meet-best 35.5 points at the America East Championships, which were held May 2-3. From there, she swept both the long jump and triple jump events at the ECAC Championships (May 16-17) and was sixth in the long jump at the NCAA East Regional meet on May 28.

"For someone who had only started long jumping competitively three months ago, I can't say enough about the year Keishorea had," head coach Mike Thompson said. "It was bittersweet tonight because her first two jumps were really good if she had not fouled them. She was a little more conservative on her last jump because of that. Still, she is only going to improve more from here."

Armstrong is the fourth Binghamton track & field athlete to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division I level from the USTFCCCA. She joins Rory Quller, Erik van Ingen and current senior middle distance runner Jesse Garn.

In addition, Armstrong is just the second Binghamton female athlete in any sport to earn All-America honors during the program's 14-year NCAA Division I era. Yun Qu of the swimming & diving program was an honorable mention selection in the 200 butterfly event in 2002.

On Friday night, Garn will compete in the men's 800 finals at 8:50 p.m. EST. The race will air live on ESPN.

PLEASE NOTE: Qu placed 13th in the 200 butterfly at the 2002 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)