Former Hornet wins USATF National Indoor ChampionshipMarch 4, 2013
He waited until his third jump, but former Hornet and NCAA Division II national champion Josh Honeycutt won the triple jump at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
“It feels so good to win. I’ve made so many sacrifices since I graduated from my school, Emporia State, so just to see all that come together for a national title is overwhelming, but I know this is not the end goal," said Honeycutt. "It motivates me so much. Success makes me want to get better and really keep pushing and make that Moscow (World Outdoor Championships) team.”
The Emporia State school record holder went 54-05.25 (16.29m) to defeat former Florida State star Rafeeq Curry by almost six inches. Honeycutt had the lead by jumping 53-02.25 in the first round, but fell behind Curry and former Arkansas State standout James Jenkins in the second round. The Iola, Kan. native who competes for Phoenix Elite maintained third with a 53-04.75 on his second jump and fouled on his third. He went 51-10 on his fourth before passing in round five. Curry and Jenkins both had a chance to pass him with their final jumps after Honeycutt's big jump in the sixth round but could not do it.
Honeycutt won the 2009 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship in triple jump and helped lead the Hornets to a fourth place finish at the 2011 Outdoor National Track & Field Championships.