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Track & Field - Fri, Mar. 3, 2017
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Kansas City, MO - Avila freshman Jeremi Barnes will make history on Saturday when he competes in the men's triple jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.

Barnes, a Raytown, Mo. native, became the first Eagle ever to qualify for the Indoor National Championships when he hit the qualifying standard at the Heart Indoor Championships back on Feb. 12th. Barnes earned Second Team All-Heart with a jump of 14.40m, and will be the first Eagle to represent Avila at the National Championship in indoor.

"First, I would like to give the glory to God, without him I wouldn't be where I am today," Barnes said. "It is an honor to be the first Eagle to qualify for the Indoor National Championships. I can't thank my coaches, family and my teammates enough for believing in me and pushing me to be a better student-athlete."

Barnes has had a phenomenal freshman campaign, earning seven top-five finishes on the season, including a victory in the Triple Jump at the Central College Dutch Athletics Classic.

Barnes is scheduled to compete in the Triple Jump at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday on the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Barnes is one of 25 individuals to qualify for the Triple Jump, including three other members from the Heart: Cedric Shell, Michael Lewis and Isaac Zitterkopf.

Barnes will enter the event with the eighth-best jump in the nation at 14.40m, and he will have a great chance to become Avila's first All-American in the event with a strong showing.

Men Triple Jump (25)
           Name                        Year School            Seed Mark          
  1        Boyd, Leon              JR Wayland Bapt       15.46m
  2        Dixon, Alain             JR Indiana Tech         14.78m
  3        Miller, De'Andre       JR Doane                   14.71m
  3        Irving, Donte            FR Wayland Bapt       14.71m
  5        Kusena, Shingai      JR Doane                    14.68m
  6        Lewis, Michael         SR MidAmerica N       14.63m
  7        Aikins, Akwasi          FR St. Francis            14.44m
  8        Barnes, Jeremi         FR Avila                     14.40m
  9        Lintz, Isaiah              SR Indiana Tech        14.38m
10        Partee, Jordan          JR Indiana Tech        14.34m
11        Arnold, Henry            FR Doane                  14.29m
11        Davis, Jryi                 JR Point Park             14.29m
13        Zitterkopf, Isaac        SO MidAmerica N      14.28m
14        Stanton, Ty               FR Dickinson St         14.24m
15        Patrick, Dontavious   FR Voorhees             14.23m
16        Shell, Cedric             JR Graceland             14.19m
17        Ferguson, Tons         FR Milligan                14.13m
18        Thompson, Anthony  JR Lindsey Wils         14.09m
18        Clayton, Marlon         SR McPherson           14.09m
20        Dunn, Alijah               FR Milligan                 14.07m
21        Carter, Tyler               FR Point Park            14.05m
22        Hudson, Christopher  SR Webber                14.04m
22        Gibbs, Romeo            FR Milligan                 14.04m
24        Ventry, Joe                 SR York (Neb.)          14.00m
24        Liggins, Jay                SO Dickinson St         14.00m

Stretch Internet, the NAIA's official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all events of the NAIA Men's and Women's Track and Field National Championships. Packages can be purchased for $9.95. For more information, click here.