TOP MOMENT #1 – Darius Adams Wins Long Jump National Championship

TOP MOMENT #1 – Darius Adams Wins Long Jump National Championship

As we approach the holiday season and the New Year, we will take a look back at the Top Ten moments in Coast Guard Academy Athletics during the 2017 year.

We have compiled a list and have unveiled one a day for the past 10 weekdays , culminating with the announcement of the top moment today.

We hope you all enjoy the holiday 

TOP MOMENT #1 – Darius Adams Wins Long Jump National Championship

Junior Darius Adams won the national championship in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mount Union in the Spring.

Adams, making his first NCAA championship appearance, posted the two best jumps in the championship during the opening flight as he went 23 feet, 11.75 inches on his second jump before a leap of 24 feet, 1.5 inches on his third jump to finish first of the nine qualifiers for the finals and that would hold up in the finals.  

Freshman Matt Fleming from Benedictine placed second with a leap of 23 feet, 10.75 inches.

He is the first Coast Guard athlete to earn a national championship in an individual sport since Christian Brindamour won the 50 freestyle at 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Adams becomes the first Coast Guard track athlete to earn All-America honors since six-time All-American Adam Scalesse placed third in the 110 hurdles at the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

He had the seventh longest jump this year in Division III when he posted a jump of 24 feet, 5.75 inches to break his own school record and win the New England Open Championship which featured athletes from Divisions I, II and III.