PAINESVILLE, Ohio – In Lake Erie Track & Field history and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference over the last four years, Jamil Dudley has been the best by leaps and bounds. Now, the collegiate standout from Massillon, Ohio, is bound for Sacramento, California, to see how high his talents can take him in the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.
Dudley, an eight-time NCAA-II All-American, will now perform on a stage that has him competing against, well … all of America. He will compete in his signature event – the high jump – which will be held on June 28 as part of the four-day (June 26-29) national outdoor title meet. LEC's record holder in the event heads to Sacramento owning a 2.26-meter (7-05) qualifying mark, a number posted at the Akron Campbell-Wright Open on May 10. His seven-feet-five-inches rank 10th among USA qualifiers (fifth among college athletes) and 26th in the world. His qualifying performance was captured on video -- pause the clip at the 35-second mark and it looks more like a flight than a jump.
But in a true game of inches, its Dudley's hard work over a stellar collegiate career that have paid off and now have him making flight plans for Sacramento.
"Jamil has been a staple of our program here at Lake Erie, not only for track and field, but for all sports," commented LEC Head Coach Ryan Rademacher. "He is one of the hardest working student-athletes we have, and he deserves a shot competing against in the best in the United States. He definitely has a goal to try for the 2016 Olympics, and this is one step closer to that."
Dudley's hard work and increasingly higher leaps in the high jump have led to two NCAA-II titles (2012 outdoor, 2014 indoor). He was also a runner-up in the event three times, including last month when it took a D-II record to turn aside his pursuit of a third national title. He has earned six GLIAC championships among 34 meet titles in his Storm career.
Regardless of his finish in Sacramento, what comes next for Dudley is an impressive chapter in LEC athletic history.
"This will be Jamil's last competition as part of our program," said Rademacher. "I am very excited and could not be more proud!"
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