COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Nebraska track and field junior Kaiwan Culmer finished sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Stadium on Saturday evening.
Culmer posted a best mark of 52-4 1/2 (15.96m) on his final attempt to clinch first-team All-America honors with his sixth-place finish. He is the first Nebraska men's triple jumper to achieve indoor first-team All-America honors since Daniel Roper in 2005.
The Nassau, Bahamas native opened the competition with a mark of 50-10 3/4 (15.51m) and improved his mark on his next two attempts, advancing to the final with a preliminary mark of 51-8 1/4 (15.75m). He was unable to improve with his next two attempts and entered his final attempt in ninth place, needing to clear at least 52 feet for a shot at first-team All-America honors. Culmer did just that, ending at 52-4 1/2 (15.96m) to leap from ninth to sixth. Culmer's three team points put the Husker men in a tie for 49th to finish the meet.
It was Culmer's first NCAA Indoor Championships appearance after finishing eighth at the outdoor championships last year to earn his first All-America accolade. This season, Culmer won the triple jump competition in two of the four regular-season meets he competed in. He cleared at least 50 feet at every meet and his personal best of 52-8 3/4 (16.07m) ranks seventh in school history. Culmer finished fourth at this year's conference championship after winning the indoor title in 2016.