Armstrong's Run Ends at NCAA West Prelims
May 26, 2018
Armstrong placed 20th overall among the 48-person competition. The Michigan City, Indiana, native had successful clears on his first attempt at both 2.01 meters (6-7 feet) and 2.06 meters (6-9 feet). He missed his first attempt at 2.11 meters (6-11 feet) before clearing the second and then bowed out of the competition following three misses at 2.16 meters (7-1 feet), which was the same height he cleared to win his second-straight BIG EAST outdoor title just a couple weeks ago.
Only nine athletes cleared 2.16 meters, which left a 10-way tie and a subsequent jump off to decide the final three qualifiers to advance to the NCAA Championships. The jump off was determined by fewest number of misses and, unfortunately, for Armstrong, his lone miss at 2.11 meters was one too many.
“He looked strong, just not real sharp,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “Even the bars that he made weren’t super clean. It’s kind of how the outdoor season went for him a little bit. After qualifying for indoor nationals, it took him some time to get back to where he was for outdoors, but he turned it on at the end. We felt very good coming into it, thought just a little flat today. Great things ahead for the kid and looking to have a good year coming back as a junior.
“Overall, I’m very proud of the teams and everything we’ve done this year,” Rogers added. “It’s been another fantastic season, a season for the record books, and we’re looking forward to seeing what good things come in the future.”
During indoors, Armstrong was a second team All-American, but was trying to become Marquette’s first outdoor national qualifier since Wally Ellenson in 2015.
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