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NIACC’s Terrence Thomas places third in long jump at national meet

MONROE, La. - NIACC's Terrence Thomas placed third in the long jump Thursday at the NJCAA Division I championships at the at Brown Stadium on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus.

MONROE, La. – NIACC’s Terrence Thomas placed third in the long jump Thursday at the NJCAA Division I championships at the at Brown Stadium on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus.

Thomas, who is from Antigua and Barbuda, earned his third-place finish on his final jump of the competition with a leap of 24 feet, 8 1/4 inches (7.52 meters), which broke his own school record of 24-5 3/4 (7.46 meters) at the NJCAA Region 11 championships on May 4.

Meridian CC’s Tafadzwa Chikomba was the national long jump champion with a leap of 25-2 1/2 (7.68 meters). South Plains’ Isaiah Patrick was second with a jump of 24-11 (7.59 meters).

Thomas became the school’s first men’s all-American in the long jump. NIACC’s Rellie Kaputin was a women’s long jump all-American with her third-place finish at the 2015 outdoor national meet.

Thomas also became the men’s first NJCAA outdoor track and field all-American, which is a top three finish, since Wal Khat won the 800-meter run in 2017.

Thomas is the NIACC men’s track and field team’s first USTFCCCA all-American (top 8 placewinners) at the outdoor national meet since 2022 when Melvin Kipkemboi was a two-time honoree in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (7th) and 5,000-meter run (4th).

Thomas claimed five titles in the long jump during the 2024 outdoor track and field season. He was the NJCAA Region 11 champion (7.46 meters) and also claimed long jump titles at the Emporia State Relays (7.38 meters), the Wartburg Select meet (7.24 meters), the Jim Duncan Invitational (7.40 meters) and the Mount Mercy DeBacker Invitational (7.00 meters).

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