OTTAWA, Ontario – A season of success for the Houston Cougar Track & Field program continued on Friday, when senior jumper Jared Kerr claimed the national championship in the long jump at the 2018 Canadian Track & Field Championships, in Ottawa, Ontario.
Kerr was locked in a battle for the entire competition with Damian Warner, and the duo traded the lead multiple times throughout the competition. Kerr leapt 24-10.0 (7.57m) to take the lead on his second attempt, before Warner answered with a mark of 24-11.25 (7.60m) to claim the advantage after the second round.
Kerr would reclaim the lead at 25-0.75 (7.64m) on his third jump, however Warner would respond once more with a mark of 25-4.0 (7.72m). Kerr would dig deep one more time, however, using his fifth attempt to leap 25-7.25 (7.80m) to claim the national championship.
With the victory, Kerr automatically qualified for the NACAC 2018 Track & Field Championships, where he will represent his home country of Canada. The NACAC Championships will be held across August 10-12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The national title is the third of the summer for the Cougars after Kahmari Montgomery won the United States Championship in the 400-meter dash, and Mario Burke claimed gold in the 100-meter dash at the Barbados National Championships.
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