The Triton track and field program is coming off an impressive weekend, and yet no current Vikings were involved.
Two Triton alumni -- 2011’s Adam Jones and Taleour Murphy -- were named All-Americans, Jones for taking fifth place in the high jump for UMass Dartmouth at the NCAA Division 3 Championships and Murphy for breaking a UMass Lowell record with a time of 3:44.04 in the 4x400 meter relay at the NCAA Division 2 Championships.
“As a Triton grad, it’s amazing,” said Murphy. “Just that we all came out of the same track program and that we’re all now All-Americans.”
Jones jumped 6 feet, 9 3/4 inches March 9, a personal-best that allowed him to take his first NCAA championship in stride.
“It’s still really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Jones said of being named an All-American. “I kind of hoped to do a little bit better, but I definitely can’t complain with a fifth-place finish in the first time I ever went. I was just happy to be there in general. I really didn’t have that many expectations going into it. I felt good that day, and I definitely felt like I was focused enough to do it. I was hoping to jump little bit higher. I almost had 6-11, but you can’t have every jump.”
Also having a good weekend was 2010 Triton grad Deanna Latham, who competed as a Second Team All-America at the NCAA Division 1 Championships for the University of Wisconsin. One of only 16 DI runners from across the country, Latham completed the pentathlon with a score of 4,066.
“I was really, really happy,” Latham said of her weekend. “I got a (personal record) overall by like 40 points, which is pretty good. And then I got the school’s record in the (60-meter) hurdles (8.35).”
Murphy, who is studying history and education at UMass Lowell, was the only underclassman in her relay.