As a result, Coyle finishes the NCAA's as a two-time All-America. Including his eighth-place finish in the long jump in 2010, he is now a three-time NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field All-America.
A junior from Bradford, N.H., Coyle was seeded ninth in today's triple jump. Kevin slipped into the finals by placing ninth following the first two flights of competition in the triple jump with a leap of 46-feet, 7 1/4-inches. Only the top nine qualified for the finals.
But Coyle unleashed his best jump in his final attempt during the final competition. He finished up with a leap of 48-feet, 5 1/2-inches or 14.77 meters. That allowed him to improve three spots in the standings. Of the nine competitors left at that point, Kevin's leap was the best of anyone's final attempt.
Yesterday, Coyle won the long jump from his fifth-seeded position with a leap of 23-feet, 10 1/4-inches or 7.27 meters. He became the third Springfield College athlete to win a national title at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in the last three years. Steve Headley won the 55-meter dash in 2009, while Nikki Hay won the triple jump in 2010. Coyle was the first SC men's athlete to win an indoor title in a jumping event.
Coyle scored 10 points for winning the long jump, and added another five points by finishing fourth in today's triple jump. Springfield College thus finished with 15 total points as a team. With two events to go, SC was tied for eighth place in the team standings with those 15 points.