Honeycutt is NCAA champ

HOUSTON, Texas — A year ago as a freshman Josh Honeycutt wasn’t as focused as he should have been in his first NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships.
He had gone into the national meet in 2008 as the MIAA champion in the triple jump.
“I wasn’t as focused. I felt lucky to get there and I didn’t do as well as I should have,” Honeycutt told the Iola Register last June.
Over the weekend at the 2009 NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships, Honeycutt was focused.
Honeycutt captured Emporia State University’s first men’s indoor national championship. Earning All-American honors, the sophomore from Iola was ninth heading into the finals.
Honeycutt had moved to fifth as they went into the final round of jumps in the triple jump event. He went a personal-best 50 feet, 5 1/2 inches to rank second all-time in the ESU indoor season.
Honeycutt’s championship is Emporia State’s first in the triple jump and the first individual indoor championship for the men’s track program since David Kipelio’s NAIA indoor championship in the two-mile run in 1990.
Honeycutt is the third Hornet man to win an NCAA national championship, joining Jason Stuke (outdoor shot put in 1998) and Andy Vogelsberg (outdoor javelin in 2006). He is the 11th Hornet overall since ESU joined the NCAA in 1992.
Two weeks earlier, Honeycutt finished second in the MIAA triple jump competition at 49’3 1/2”. He was the MIAA defending indoor triple jump champion and is the defending conference outdoor champion in the event.
Honeycutt did claim another MIAA conference championship in winning the long jump. He had a winning leap of 23’5 1/2”.
At the national indoor meet, Honeycutt finished ninth in the long jump with a leap of 23’2 1/2”.