Fleming Earns All-American Status In Long Jump

Matt Fleming
Matt Fleming

Courtesy of Benedictine University

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Day one of the NCAA DIII Indoor Championship came to an end for Benedictine University men's track and field and it saw Matt Fleming earn All-American honors while Jordan Johnson advanced to the semifinals in both the 60m dash and the 200m dash.

Fleming entered the event ranked 9th out of 15 entries and finished 5th with a best jump of 7.15m. This is Fleming's second straight All-American honor at the Indoor Championship.


"I am so proud of Matt," said head coach Kevin Paterson. "He had a great day to earn All-American for the 4th time in his career. Matt has quickly become one of the most accomplished track and field athletes in Benedictine history."

Johnson finished second in his preliminary heat to advance to the 60m dash finals on Saturday, March 10 at 2:25 p.m. Johnson's preliminary time of 6.81 is the third overall best time in the event. The top eight times advance to the finals tomorrow.


Less than two hours later, Johnson placed first in his heat in the 200m dash with a time of 21.73 and will head into the finals on Saturday sitting in second. Johnson will compete in the finals at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow.


"Jordan took care of business today to give himself a shot at two All-American awards tomorrow," added Paterson.

Also competing tomorrow is Luther Newburn who competes in the triple jump preliminaries at 11:00 a.m. followed by the finals.