Bishop earns All-America status

FRESHMAN JORDAN BISHOP continued to make his run in the 2010 NCAA Division Outdoor Track and Field Championships even more memorable as the high jumper finished tied for ninth, earning All-America status in front of a crowd of 11,972 at Hayward Field on Friday afternoon.

Bishop cleared a personal best 7-01.50, good to tie for ninth place, and besting his previous record of 7-00.25, which he cleared at the NCAA West Regional. It ranks fifth best all-time on the all-time school record list, knocking John Radetich down to sixth, who cleared 7-01.00 in 1970.

Being a top eight American competing in the event – winner Derek Drouin of Indiana is from Canada and runner-up Majula Kumara Wijesekara of USC is from Sri Lanka – qualifies him for All-America status, as he ties for eighth in the American competitors. The official list should be released within the next 48 hours.

"To think he was ranked 48th going into the regional, and 24th out of 24 going into today, what Jordan Bishop has done is phenomenal," head coach Kelly Sullivan said. "He likes to be left alone and allowed to do his own thing, which helps him to be calm out there. You couldn't have scripted the success we had this year overall with the program."

Bishop easily cleared the first two heights of 6-08.75 and 6-10.75, both in his first attempts. He reached 7-00.25 after missing his first attempt before clearing his final height after missing in his first two jumps. He tied with Clint Silcock of Utah State.

"I felt great out there," Bishop said. "The adrenaline was going, and after clearing that first height it was such a relief. I was feeding off the crowd, and it was awesome having all of the support I had. I'm grateful for this opportunity."

Announced last out of the 24 competitors, Bishop garnered the most applause of all the high jump competitors, while fans cheered loudly for him as he cleared his final height.

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