Nebraska Senior Wins Downtown Long Jump In Kansas Relays

April 21, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Every jump for Nebraska senior Nicholas Gordon kept getting longer and longer as the night continued in the men’s open long jump of the Kansas Relays.

Eric Babb, a 2007 Kansas All-American, had his longest jump of the night on his first attempt. Both individuals recorded a leap of 25-02.5. Babb on his first attempt. Gordon on his sixth and final attempt.

However, Gordon was declared the winner based on the fact he had the next longest jump between the two. Ja’Rod Tolbert of Nike was third at 24-11.0 in the six-man event.

Eric Fattig, who was a 2010 All-American for the Jayhawks and a six-time NCAA champion (three titles indoors and three championships outdoors), placed fifth in the event.

The thrilling contest was staged in downtown Lawrence as the second part of a two-night experiment of the Kansas Relays. Wednesday night the open shot put was held downtown to great success.

Thursday’s event was contested in chilly weather, but that didn’t keep the crowd away or the competitors from performing very well on the night.

Open Long Jump Results – 1. Nicholas Gordon, Nebraska, 25-02.5; 2.Eric Babb, Unatt., 25-02.5; 3. Ja’Rod Tolbert, Nike, 24-11.0; 4. Fabian Florent, Unatt., 24-03.75; 5. Eric Fattig, Unatt., 23-11.5; 6. Eric Bertelsen, Unatt., 23-10.75.