By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After months of hard work and in 2018 and for years before now, practice has paid off for senior jumper Logan Allison (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) and senior thrower Jason Coon (Bernville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) as have each earned the right to be called All-Americans after their performances at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.
Competing in the triple jump, Allison is now a three-time All-American after he earned the distinction at the indoor and outdoor championships last year and placed sixth on Saturday with a top mark of 14.77 meters (48-05 ½). On his first jump of the day, Allison achieved a distance of 14.48 meters. It was his second jump though that earned him his place. The 14.77 meters he traveled on that second leap broke the school record he set at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 24.
On his third attempt, he was able to get 14.65 meters and achieved 14.54 meters and 14.43 meters on his fourth and fifth jumps, respectively. Allison's sixth and final jump of the day carried him 14.72 meters, meaning it was his second jump that would give him his final place. After his six jumps, Allison sat in fourth overall but was passed by two competitors on their final attempts.
Nevertheless, Allison became the fourth Capital track & field athlete, men's or women's, to earn at least three All-American honors. Lizzy Stanton, Jessica Starks and Rick Meindl are the other three-time All-Americans.
In the shot put, Coon became the second Capital men's athlete to be named an All-American in the shot put after Meindl last achieved the feat in 1978. Coon took advantage on his first throw of the day, tossing it 16.25 meters (53-03 ¾). Coon fouled his next two attempts but that first throw was stong enough to carry him into the second round for three more throws. With the fourth throw, Coon launched it 16.00 meters but then fouled on his fifth and sixth attempts. The first attempt of 16.25 meters placed Coon seventh after the dust settled. This was the second time Coon competed in an NCAA Track & Field Championship but first All-American selection.
This is the first time since 2011 that two different Capital track athletes have been named All-Americans in the same season.