NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard junior Darius Adams will compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mount Union in Geneva, Ohio beginning Thursday.
Adams, making his first NCAA appearance, has 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.
Adams will compete in the long jump on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STATS
He became the first individual Open New England champion for Coast Guard since hurdler Adam Scalesse won the 110 hurdles in 2014.
Adams broke his own school record of 24 feet, 1.5 inches which he set when he won the NEWMAC Championship on April 30th. That jump shattered the old school record of 23 feet, four inches set by All-American Carl Luxhoj in 2009.
A junior from Nassau, Bahamas, he is one of the most gifted athletes at the Academy. He was a member of the men's basketball team for two years averaging 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Adams earned All-NEWMAC honors with a second place finish in the long jump (21.6.75) and last year and had a breakout season as a member of the football team this Fall as Adams playing his first year of football at any level, set of tied three records and earned several postseason accolades. He was named to the 2016 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team. He was also named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Rookie of the Year and was a first team all conference selection.
He broke single-season school records with 1,054 receiving yards and 13 touchdown receptions while also tying the single-game record of three touchdown receptions twice this season. He was second on the team with 47 receptions.