University of Miami senior John-Patrick Friday was the only Hurricane in action on the final day of men’s competition at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday.
Friday opened the triple jump competition with a leap of 15.77 meters, just three-hundredths of a meter behind his school-record mark of 15.80m. His opening mark would prove to be his best of the day, and Friday’s second attempt went for 15.23m. He fouled on his final jump and finished 11th.
“I wanted to go out and jump to the best of my ability,” Friday said “I wanted to jump 16 meters, but the fact that I got 11th in the nation is still good. It’s bittersweet. It’s my last meet, and I wanted a little more, but the fact that I got 11th is good and it’s better than last year.”
Friday finishes his Hurricane career with the outdoor triple jump school record, as well as ranking second in the high jump (2.11m) and fifth in the long jump (7.47m). He is also the school record holder in the indoor high jump (2.11m) and indoor triple jump (15.77m). He ranks fourth indoors in the long jump (7.45m), proving himself as one of the best jumpers in UM history.
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Throwers Gian Piero Ragonesi and Isaiah Simmons competed in the men’s shot put on Wednesday. Ragonesi led the way for the Canes, as the junior finished 13th with a throw of 18.76m. Simmons competed for the final time as a Hurricane, placing 23rd with a mark of 18.23m.
Barry University’s Charles Agumagu was named the lead assistant coach for St. Thomas University men’s basketball team. His contract becomes official in August.
Agumagu, who graduated from Barry with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in December, completed an internship at St. Thomas in the spring. Part of his coaching contract will allow him to complete his master’s degree in sports administration in the upcoming school year. The following year, he will work toward his master’s degree in business administration while also collecting a salary.
Agumagu will be responsible for player development, recruiting, scheduling and administrative duties under coach Patrick Gayle.