Canadian observe and cross-country runner Jordan Macintosh of Thunder Bay, Ont., says he’s “heartbroken” his dream of competing on the NCAA championships has been “taken away” after his college, Portland State College, didn’t discipline sufficient athletes this season, making the school senior ineligible for post-season competitors.
In an Instagram put up Thursday, Mcintosh shared particulars of—and crushing disappointment in—his disqualification from the upcoming NCAA Championships, a state of affairs he mentioned was the fault of his coaches and “utterly” out of his management.
“For so long as I can keep in mind, my dream in working has all the time been to qualify for the NCAA Championships and change into an All-American,” wrote Macintosh, who final yr completed fourth within the 3,000m steeplechase on the Canadian observe and discipline trials. “This season, I used to be heading into the West Regional Championships ranked eighth, with the highest 12 athletes qualifying from the West out of each occasion.”
The 23-year-old wrote that whereas qualifying for the NCAA Championships is “certainly not a assure to anybody,” his probabilities “had been excessive and I used to be able to battle for an All-American honor in my final collegiate season after having confirmed myself to be one of many quickest steeplechasers within the West.”
However, continued Macintosh, “that chance has been taken away from me. On account of my college, Portland State, not having fulfilled an NCAA requirement of racing 14 males at 8 observe meets throughout the college yr, I’ve been deemed by the NCAA to be ineligible for the post-season.”
That, he mentioned, is a state of affairs utterly out of his management, and one “that my coaches are supposed to maintain observe of and adjust to. The NCAA is punishing my coach for not complying, however by doing so they’re solely punishing me.”
Macintosh mentioned he may have accepted not qualifying for the NCAA Championships had he not carried out nicely on the regional championship. “That I can dwell with. Nonetheless, the tip of my school working profession has been decided by another person.”
He ended the put up by interesting to the NCAA to rethink his post-season eligibility.
“I’m unhappy, offended, and throughout confused as to why the NCAA, who prides themselves on alternatives for student-athletes, would punish one athlete for the (in)actions of a program. I’ve labored for years to attain my desires on this sport and to not have it finish on my phrases is heartbreaking. I encourage the NCAA to rethink.”
Macintosh’s name for the NCAA to revisit its choice has shortly gained traction on-line. Jamie Zamrin, president of the Massive Sky Convention Scholar-Athlete Advisory Committee representing student-athletes from Northwestern 10 members colleges together with Portland State, posted a press release calling for the NCAA to rethink its choice.
“Massive Sky SAAC strongly urges the NCAA to rethink its choice concerning the participation of Jordan Macintosh within the NCAA West Regional,” reads the assertion, signed with the logos of the committee’s 10 member colleges.
“As Massive Sky SAAC, we insist that the NCAA holds this system accountable for the violation, relatively than punishing the athlete.”
The assertion additionally been shared by the official Instagram accounts of the Portland State SAAC and the Northern Colorado SAAC with the hashtag #letjordanrun.
Macintosh, a previous Massive Sky Convention Athlete of the Week, holds Portland State cross-country data within the 6,000m (17:58.7) and the ten,000m (29:06.3). He additionally holds the varsity’s indoor data within the mile (4:04:28) and the three,000m (8:07.94).