BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jaden Purnell finished a brilliant indoor season for the Oral Roberts track and field team earning Second Team All-American honors Saturday in the triple jump during the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Silver Spring, Maryland, native placed 13th in a meet of the nation's elite jumpers as he posted his best mark of 15.41 meters (50-6.75 feet) on his first attempt of the championships. He is now the only triple jumper to advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships in program history.
Purnell reached the national meet the first time in his Golden Eagle indoor career after earning All-America status during the 2017 outdoor campaign. He remains the school record holder in the triple jump in both the indoor and outdoor record books.
He becomes the 50th student-athlete to be named an All-American in Head Coach Joe Dial's illustrious tenure leading the ORU track and field program. Justin Estala (pole vault) and Israel Nelson (60 meter hurdles) were the most recent to achieve the prestigious indoor honor in 2016.
Jordan Scott of Virginia claimed the national championship in the triple jump tallying a leap of 16.89 meters (55-5 feet) besting second place Odaine Lewis of Texas Tech by nearly nine inches.
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