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PUEBLO, Colorado -- Stillman junior Jeffrey Henderson has had an exciting 24 hours.

After the journey to Pueblo was postponed a day, the 'fastest man in the SIAC' was named the USTFCCCA South Region Field Athlete of the Year during the opening ceremony of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.Jeffrey HendersonHenderson

On day one of the meet, Henderson made his award official, winning the long jump competition. After watching the first flight of the event, Henderson was the second jumper in the second flight. He opened the competition with a leap of 7.63 meters (25 feet, 1/2 inch). After a foul on his second jump, he attacked the runway with even more focus. Less then ten seconds later, he had a jump of 7.81 meters (25 feet, 7 1/2 inches). Both jumps put him in first place after preliminary round.

When Henderson made his second jump, Stillman head coach Pierre Goode and assistant coach Bruce Johnson - sitting in different sections of the grandstand - both signaled their approval with a fist pump and a yell.

During the finals, Henderson passed on his first two attempts before a jump of 7.68 meters (25 feet, 2 1/2 inches). Each jump Henderson made was the best jumps he registered this season, tying or bettering the mark he garnered at the Ole Miss Invitational in April.

"This is a great feeling," said Henderson as he waited for the award ceremony. "I and the coaches have worked hard this season and over the past few weeks getting me to this point. This is a good moment for the Tiger track program."

After winning the long jump, Henderson ran 10.20 seconds in the third heat of the 100-meter dash preliminaries. The second-fastest time of the day put him into Saturday's finals. He will also participate in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash on Friday evening.


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