FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Even though he had to settle for second place for the third straight time at nationals, all wasn’t lost for LSU long jumper Damar Forbes on Friday night.
Forbes jumped a lifetime best of 26 feet, 111/4 inches at the NCAA Indoor Championships to take second behind Florida’s Marquis Dendy, who took the win with a 27-2 — the sixth-best collegiate jump of all time — at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Forbes, the runner-up at the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets a year ago, did move up one spot on LSU’s all-time list to second place — passing Olympian Walter Davis. Forbes’ previous best of 26-73/4 was just off the 26-9 posted by Davis in 2002.
“It is … that’s big,” Forbes said of leaping over Davis. “I’m really not upset at all. I wanted to win, of course, but things happen for a reason.
“I have to work on a lot of things, but we still have the outdoor season to go.
“I couldn’t have lost to a better guy,” added Forbes, who also reached the B qualifying standard for the World Championships. “I hosted (Dendy) on his visit to LSU a couple of years ago, so I know what kind of guy he is.”
Brown takes fourth
Texas A&M’s Kamaria Brown, a Baton Rouge native and McKinley High graduate, finished fourth in the 200 meters final after recording the fifth-fastest time in the prelims earlier in the evening.
Brown clocked a 22.90 in the final after posting a 23.10 in the prelims.
The 200 final was Brown’s third race in a little more than two hours as she also lined up in the 400 meters prelim to start her night. She did not qualify for Saturday’s final, however, with a time of 54.90 seconds.
Louisiana Tech sprinter Trey Hadnot also scored points in the men’s 200 final, finishing third with a personal-best of 20.48 seconds, after warming up with a good run in his preliminary heat.
Hadnot produced a time of 20.83 seconds in the prelim while running against LSU’s Aaron Ernest and Texas A&M’s Ameer Webb.
Ernest had the fastest time in the world this year at 20.53 until Webb, the defending NCAA champion, blazed a 20.37 to win the heat.
Webb won the title with a 20.42 in the final and Ernest was sixth at 20.72.
On the Web
ESPN3 will stream the second and final day of the meet live Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.