Mike Morgan Finishes Seventh in the Heptathlon at the NCAA Championships; Jones Takes 12th

Mike Morgan Finishes Seventh in the Heptathlon at the NCAA Championships; Jones Takes 12th

ALBUQUERQUE, NM Men's shot putter Jonathan Jones and heptathlon athlete Mike Morgan represented the University at Buffalo on Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Indoor track and field Championships in Albuquerque, NM. Morgan finished in seventh place while Jones took home 12th in his second straight trip to the Indoor Championship.

"Mike Morgan simply had an outstanding first-appearance at the NCAA Championships to finish First Team All-American with a 7th place finish," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "Coach Esler's masterful coaching had Mike prepared for excellence this weekend." 

Morgan became the first Bull in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon and he did not disappoint, earning first team All-American accolades.

On day one of competition, Morgan put together a solid effort as he finished in eighth place out of 16 athletes. Morgan was able to collect 3,175 points following the first four events. He had his best result of the first day in the 60 meter dash as he recorded a fourth place finish in a personal best time of 7.00 seconds. After taking eighth place in the long jump and 14th in the shot put, Morgan collected a sixth place finish in the final event of the day, high jump, clearing 6-08.00.

Morgan opened day two with a new personal best mark in the 60 meter hurdles event, finishing in fourth place in 8.17 seconds. In the next event, Morgan took home 11th place in the pole vault. In eighth place entering the final event, the 1000 meter run, Morgan set a career-best mark while collecting a fifth place finish in 2:45.06. His efforts in the 1000 meter run helped move him into a seventh place finish as he earned 5,766 points. 

Appearing in his second straight NCAA Indoor Championship, Jones collected a 12th place finish in the shot put and second team All-American accolades. Jones had a long toss of 61-04.75 (18.71m) en route to improving on his finish in the event last season by one spot.

"Jon Jones came away with second team All-American honors which was very impressive," said Mitchell. "While this was a little under his expectations, Jon has had an incredible record setting season, and Coach of the Year Jim Garnham and the rest of our coaches are extremely proud of Jon's achievements."

Jones has now appeared in three straight NCAA Championships, two indoor and one outdoor, and has earned All-American honors all three times.

The Bulls will open their outdoor track and field season next weekend as they will travel to Winston-Salem, NC for the Wake Forest Invite. The event will be a two-day invite starting on Friday, March 21.