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UWRF's Sandle wins NCAA triple jump title

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UW-River Falls' Mike Sandle won a national championship in the triple jump and two other Falcons earned All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Claremont, Calif.

Sandle, a freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., jumped 51-feet, 2 ¼-inches to win his second national triple jump title this year. He also took top honors at the NCAA Indoor Meet in March with a leap of 50-6.

Saturday, he hit his winning jump on his second attempt and set a UWRF school record in the process. His jump was five inches farther than the second place finisher. He held the UWRF record of 49-1 1/2 set earlier this year.

Junior Alyssa Rasmussen of Delano, Minn. earned All-American honors in the 400 meter dash by placing seventh in the finals with a time of 55.96 seconds. She advanced to the finals with a time of 56.45 in Friday's prelims. The winning 400 time was 54.15.

This is Rasmussen's fourth All-American finish. In the 2010 indoor and 2010 outdoor seasons she was a member of the 4x400 relay team that earned the honor. She also earned the honor in this year's indoor season in the 400 with an eighth place finish with a time of 57.95.

Senor Jared Brandenburg of Independence finished eighth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 4.69 seconds to earn his first All-American honor.

Senior Michael Woodward of Burnsville, Minn. also competed in the triple jump at the national meet and placed 14th in the 20-person field with a jump of 47-1 ½, while the Falcon men's 4x100 meter relay team of junior James Butler, Sandle, freshman Jordan Crockett and Woodward placed ninth in the finals with a time of 41.47 seconds, just .01 out of eighth place and All-American honors.