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Marquette Track & Field: Daniel Armstrong Misses Out On Nationals

One miss at his final height cleared was enough to keep the sophomore out of a jump-off.

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Daniel Armstrong clears his first attempt at 2.01 meters in Sacramento.

Marquette‘s participation in the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Regional was going to come to an end one way or another on Saturday evening. As it turns out, the end of the competition also brought about the end of the 2018 outdoor season for the Golden Eagles, as sophomore Daniel Armstrong finished in a tie for 20th in the high jump, short of of the top 12 needed to advance to the national championship meet.

Armstrong cleared 2.01 and 2.06 meters on his first jump, and he got over 2.11 meters on his second jump at that height. That was enough to get him into the top 28 out of a field that started with 46 competitors. That moved the bar to 2.16, the height that Armstrong cleared in order to win his second straight outdoor Big East title this season. However, he ended up with three misses at that height. He wasn’t alone, as only nine men cleared 2.16, leading to a jump-off for the final three spots at nationals. Unfortunately for Armstrong, there were nine athletes that cleared 2.11 on the first jump, thus leaving him out of the jump-off.

It was still an incredibly successful sophomore year for Armstrong, as he won both the indoor and outdoor Big East high jump titles, and earned Second Team All-American honors for his 15th place finish at the Indoor National Championships.

With the conclusion of track & field’s season, the 2017-18 Marquette athletic calendar has come to a close. We’ll get through this summer with our usual doses of NBA Summer League and The Basketball Tournament, not to mention recruiting news here and there as is warranted. The 2018-19 Marquette athletic calendar looks to get officially started on August 16th, when the women’s soccer team visits Cal Poly for their season opener.