Bishop qualifies for national championships

IT TOOK A battle with a gridiron teammate, but Oregon State receiver Jordan Bishop cleared 7 feet, 0.25 inches to become the first male Oregon State athlete to advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships since 1988.

Bishop and fellow receiver Obum Gwacham, along with Texas Tech's Darrell Roddick, wound up in in a three way tie for the final two positions. Roddick cleared 7-1 on his first jump claiming the 11th spot.

"It was ironic after everything that these guys have done all year for it come down to them for the final spot," Oregon State women's track head coach Kelly Sullivan said Friday.

The height was lowered to 7-0.25 which Gwacham failed to clear. Bishop, who hadn't practiced in two weeks due to a sore ankle he hurt during spring football practice, cleared the bar and made Beaver track history.

"It's only fitting that for any of our seven football players that have worked out with us this year that Jordan would be the one to advance to nationals," Sullivan said. "He has been the driving force behind the guys getting out on the track and competing."

Bishop cleared 7-0 during the Husky Classic in February of this year becoming only the eighth high jumper in school history to sore over seven feet.

The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will be held at Eugene's Hayward Field from June 9-12.

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