NCAA Men’s Triple Jump — Mapaya Bounces Back

It was a long time between titles for Du Mapaya, who last won back in ’19. (MIKE SCOTT)

ONE DOUBLE-DOUBLE COMING UP… but not so fast. Oregon’s Emmanuel Ihemeje was the logical favorite, having won both the Indoor and Outdoor titles last year and having repeated undercover in March. And he would be jumping in his home pit.

But the Italian soph wasn’t the only former champion in the field. Determined to have something to say about it, ’19 winner Du Mapaya came in as the yearly collegiate list leader. He left with that same status but with a new long of 56-7½ (17.26), a PR that moved him to =No. 9 on the all-time collegiate list. “I feel amazing, man. Just amazing,” he said.

He had slipped to 3rd last year, but with good reason. “Last year, I tore my hamstring in this same competition, so this year was the comeback season,” he explained. “You know, this is just amazing being in this position. I am so grateful. I do not even know what to say right now, but I am just so happy. I am enjoying myself right now.

“This is my last time jumping at TCU, so it has just been a long journey man. Through all of the injuries, and just staying on course.”

Mapaya opened with a foul in a first round in which nobody could broach even the 54-foot barrier. Mapaya took care of that bit of housekeeping in the second stanza, his 55-6¼ (16.92) taking care of 54 and 55. But 3 jumpers later Ihemeje went to the fore at 55-9¼ (17.00).

Mapaya quickly struck back, getting his winning 56-7½ (17.26) in round 3 as Ihemeje could never respond, although he did get his best of the day, 55-10½ (17.03), in the fifth go-round. In a competition that ended quietly, Ihemeje was the only one to improve in that round and nobody did in the finale.


MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP RESULTS

RESULTS (June 10; winds ranged from +1.4 to –0.7)

1. Du Mapaya’ (TCU-Zim) 56-7½ (17.26) PR (CL) (=9, x C; 8, =10 NCAA)

(f, 55-6¼, 56-7½, 55-1, f, 55-5) (f, 16.92, 17.26, 16.79, f, 16.89);

2. **Emmanuel Ihemeje’ (Or-Ita) 55-10½ (17.03)

(53-0, 55-9¼, 54-9¼, f, 55-10½, 53-5½) (16.15, 17.00, 16.69, f, 17.03, 16.29);

3. ***Apalos Edwards’ (LSU-Jam) 53-9¼ (16.39) PR

(53-9¼, f, f, f, 49-5½, 48-10¼) (16.39, f, f, f, 15.07, 14.89);

4. *Keyshawn King (Stan) 53-6½ (16.32)

(53-6½, 52-11, f, 44-4¼, 51-10, 51-5¾) (16.32, 16.13, f, 13.52, 15.80, 15.69);

5. *Georgi Nachev’ (Mo-Bul) 53-1 (16.18)

(52-6½, 52-¾, 52-7¼, 53-1, 52-7¼, 51-8¼) (16.01, 15.87, 16.03, 16.18, 16.03, 15.75);

6. *Chris Welch (TxT) 53-¾ (16.17)

(53-¾, f, f, 51-9¾, 51-11¼, f) (16.17, f, f, 15.79, 15.83, f);

7. **Jeremiah Davis (FlSt) 52-11 (16.13)

(f, 52-11, f, f, 52-6, 52-10) (f, 16.13, f, f, 16.00, 16.10);

8. **Nathan Crawford-Wallis’ (PV-Bar) 52-10 (16.10) PR

(f, 46-8¾, 52-10, 50-6¾, f, f) (f, 14.24, 16.10, 15.41, f, f);

9. Jalen Tate (Tn) 52-8 (16.05); 10. ***Jemuel Miller’ (UTSA-Bar) 52-6½ (16.01); 11. R’Lazon Brumfield (TnSt) 52-4¾ (15.97); 12. *Salif Mane (FD) 52-4½ (15.96); 13. Jason Smith (LBSt) 52-2½ (15.91); 14. **Sean Dixon-Bodie (LSU) 52-2 (15.90); 15. Safin Wills’ (Pur-Jam) 52-½ (15.86); 16. **Russell Robinson (Mia) 51-11¾ (15.84); 17. *Chauncey Chambers (VaT) 51-11 (15.82); 18. Jalen Seals (TxT) 51-10½ (15.81); 19. **Owayne Owens’ (Va-Jam) 51-10 (15.80); 20. ***Daniel Falode’ (Harv-GB) 51-9 (15.77); 21. **Stacy Brown (Tx) 51-6¼ (15.70); 22. *James Carter (Ia) 50-10 (15.49); 23. *Jaren Holmes (TCU) 50-9½ (15.48); 24. *Jacore Irving (FlSt) 50-7½ (15.43). ◻︎

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