GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Point Park University junior Jryi Davis is now a two-time NAIA All-American in the triple jump. And his second such accolade came in honor of a teammate.
Davis, from Bangor, Pa., earned NAIA All-American honors in the triple jump at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. Davis did so by reaching the finals and placing seventh in the nation with a career-best leap of 14.67 meters, which is 48 feet, 1.75 inches.
Davis, who also earned NAIA All-American honors during the indoor season earlier this year, was competing in honor of teammate Tyler Carter. A 19-year-old freshman who passed away in a drowning accident on Wednesday, Carter was also an NAIA national qualifier in the triple jump.
Wearing Carter's NAIA bib No. 1088 on his back, Davis came up with not one, but two personal bests during Saturday's competition. Davis made the finals by uncorking a then-personal best leap of 14.64 in the preliminaries. That advanced him to the finals with eight other competitors, and it beat his previous best of 14.62 meters entering the NAIA meet.
In the finals, Davis came up with another career-best when he needed it. On his second of three attempts in the finals, Davis came through with his NAIA All-American qualifying distance of 14.67 meters. That secured seventh place with the top eight earning All-American.
Entering the NAIA meet, Carter was seeded fourth with a distance of 14.70 meters, a leap he registered in winning the River States Conference championship April 29. And even after Davis earned NAIA All-American honors on Saturday, Carter's distance will continue on as the school record.
Before the triple jump began on Saturday, the NAIA conducted a special ceremony to remember Carter. Davis was presented with a gift from the teams and competitors, and a moment of silence was observed. Davis was up first on the start list, and although he started off with a foul, he came back strong in his next jump to register a distance that got him into the finals. After the first jump, he embraced coach Kelly Parsley on the sidelines as shown in the Tweet from the NAIA below:
Pictured: Jryi Davis among the eight NAIA All-Americans in the outdoor triple jump for 2017. Photo by PPU.