Reindell Cole Earns All-America Honors Following Ninth-Place Finish at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 16, 2010
Cal State Northridge's Reindell Cole captured All-America honors for the fourth time in his illustrious career as we was named a 2010 Indoor All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The junior from Las Vegas, Nev., finished ninth in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on Mar. 12. Cole posted a best of 25-1.25 (7.65) to pick up the fourth All-America honor in his Northridge career.
Cole earned the first All-America award of his Matador career after winning the 2008 NCAA Indoor long jump as a freshman. After finishing second to Washington's Norris Frederick at the MPSF Indoor Championships, Cole took on a solid field of long jumpers at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. He was the only jumper to surpass 8.0 meters (26-7.75) on his way to the title and Cal State Northridge had back-to-back NCAA long jump champions after DaShalle Andrews won the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championship. Cole's mark also shattered the 15-year old Cal State Northridge indoor long jump record and was the fifth-best mark in the world at the time.
During the outdoor portion of his freshman season, Cole came away with a first-place finish at the prestigious Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas with a mark of 26-0.75 (7.94) that matched Derek Scurry's school record. Then on May 4, 2008 at the Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine, Cole put the rest of the nation on notice as he jumped 26-9.75 (8.17) to post the best mark among collegiate jumpers in the nation. Again he rewrote the Matador record book as his mark easily out-distanced Scurry's 1993 record of 26-0.75. Cole carried the momentum into the Big West Championships as he jumped 25-2 (7.67) to easily capture the conference title and earn Big West Freshman of the Year honors. He jumped 24-6.50 (7.48) at the NCAA West Regionals in Northridge before earning 2008 Outdoor All-America honors following his 10th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. He was accorded All-America honors after finishing among the top eight American athletes in the event. He then wrapped up his freshman season with a Cole advanced to the U.S. Olympic Trials in June where he finished 12th.
At the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., he jumped a wind-aided 26-11.25 (8.21) to post the best mark among all qualifiers. However he fouled on all three attempts in the final but still earned All-America honors.
After missing the Big West long jump final in 2009, Cole will look to defend the title he won in 2008 when Northridge hosts the Big West Track & Field Championships at the Matador Track Complex on May 14-15.
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