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Des Moines, IA -- LIU Brooklyn senior Corryl Boyd finished 14th in the long jump at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Drake University, on Wednesday. Boyd leapt 7.42m to better seven other student-athletes, including jumpers from Pac-12 power Arizona State and last season's national runner-up Florida State.
Boyd began the day with a jump of 7.01m to put him in 13th place after the first round. The second round was Boyd's best, with the 7.42m leap placing him 11th and just outside of the top nine. Unfortunately, the Waldorf, Md. native could not better his previous jumps and did not advance to the finals of the event.
The national championship appearance caps a decorated five-year career at LIU for Boyd. A sprinter and jumper, Boyd won eight individual Northeast Conference titles in both indoor and outdoor championships, and was a member of four gold-medal winning relay teams. As a freshman in 2007, Boyd captured NEC Rookie of the Meet honors at the NEC Indoor Championships after earning the Blackbirds 14 points individually and taking part in LIU's championship 4x400-meter relay team.
This past year, Boyd took part only in the outdoor season and flourished, setting a new NEC Outdoor Championship meet record with a jump of 7.65m. Boyd also won the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.88, and was the second leg of the silver-medal winning 4x400-meter relay team.
The leap at the NEC championship broke the LIU long jump record and qualified the redshirt senior for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet in Jacksonville, Fla. At prelims, Boyd outdid his previous mark and jumped 7.73m to finish second at the meet and advance him to the NCAA Championships.