CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A record-shattering performance helped Minnesota State University Moorhead senior Brian Huber cap off his Dragon track and field career in style as he won the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championship in the long jump Thursday.
Huber jumped a school record 26-2 1/4 in the long jump finals to claim the first national championship of his career. The Staples, Minn., native is the first NSIC athlete to win the national long jump title, dating back to 1992.
"It's been a roller coaster for me my last couple of years," Huber said in a news release. "I didn't make the nationals outdoors last year. To battle back from injury and to come back and win the national title ... it is going to take a while for it to set in."
In the prelims, Huber had the best jump of 25-2 1/4. In the finals, Charles Greaves of Texas A&M Kingsville recorded a jump of 25-10 3/4 to take the lead.
"Honestly, I knew someone was going to hit a big jump," Huber said. "It was a matter of time. I expected something like that."
Huber responded with the best jump of his career—26-2 1/4—which is also a school record, breaking the one he set earlier this month at the NSIC Championships.
"I was hoping to get over eight meters today. I felt like I could definitely (do that)," Huber said. "I'll take a 7.98; it is my first time over 26 feet."
Huber will leave MSUM as a national champion, a four-time first-team All-American and a five-time NSIC champion. He credits being healthy after struggling with injuries in previous years and his work with assistant coach and Olympian Trevor Barry for being able to rise up to the challenge at the big meets outdoors.