HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Keairez Coleman qualified for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships when he triple-jumped 14.32 meters (46 feet, 11 3/4 inches) Friday at the Southern Miss Open.
Coleman, a sophomore biology major from Harrisville, Miss., and a graduate of Mendenhall High School, produced the qualifying mark on his third of five jumps. He finished seventh out of nine jumpers and was ahead of a pair of NCAA Division I athletes.
The mark was a PR for Coleman, whose previous best was 14.19 meters (46-6 3/4) in winning a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship April 22.
Coleman will join XULA female qualifiers Clarke Allen, Janelle Jones, Ireyon Keith, Alexis Milton, Ry-Anne Riley, Tramaine Shannon, Ariane Williams and Martina Wright at nationals May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala. Jones, Milton, Riley and Wright qualified in the 400 relay, and Allen, Riley, Shannon and Williams qualified in the 1,600 relay. Williams qualified in the 400, and Riley and Keith qualified in the long jump.