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Nkosinza Balumbu
Position: Jumps
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 140
Year: Senior
Hometown: Union City, Calif.
High School: James Logan HS
Experience: High School
Nkosinza Balumbu
Courtesy: Molly O'Mara, Athletic Media Relations
Release: 12/16/2005










2008: Indoor: The 2008 captain of the Razorbacks, Balumbu started off strong in January and never looked back. He set personal bests in both the long and triple jumps en route to winning his first NCAA triple jump title. He opened the season with a provisional-qualifying triple jump of 51-5.5 at the Arkansas Invite. He improved his mark at every meet during the season. Next, at the Razorback Invite, he improved his provisional mark to 52-1 to finish third. He recorded his first automatic-qualifying mark of the season at the Tyson Invitational with a leap of 53-2.25 to finish fourth. He was named the SEC Field Athlete of the Week for his efforts at the Tyson Invitational. He won his fourth-straight SEC triple jump title and earned his fifth All-SEC honor at the SEC Championships and bettered his auto mark to 53-5.75. Prior to the SEC Championships, he led the conference by more than two feet. Also at the SEC Championships, he set a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 23-11.75 to finish 10th. At the NCAA Championships, he entered the event with the No. 3 mark in the nation at 53-5.75. It only took one jump, his first, to take the NCAA title. Marking a leap of 54-3.25, a personal best, on his first attempt, no other jumper bettered that mark throughout the six rounds. The win also earned him the fourth All-America honor of his career. He did not finish outside of the top five in any of his triple jump competitions during the season. He was named the South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year. His season-best jump led the NCAA and the SEC. Outdoor: Balumbu set personal bests in the long and triple jumps during the season. He opened the season at Texas Relays and recorded his first of three regional-qualifying marks in the triple jump. His jump measured 52-2.75 and he finished seventh. At the John Jacobs Invite, he leaped a personal-best mark of 24-1.5 in the long jump, hit the regional-qualifying mark and finished fifth. He finished third in the triple jump at the John McDonnell Invitational (51-3.5) and finished third. At the SEC Championships, he won his fifth SEC title and earned his sixth All-SEC honor with a jump of 53-2.25. He went on to win the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships with a leap of 54-1.75. He ended the collegiate season with a bronze finish at the NCAA Championships. His jump measured 54-4, a personal best. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, he was hampered by a bruised heel and finished 21st (51-0).

2007: Indoor: He opened his sophomore campaign with the first of four NCAA provisional-qualifying marks of the season with a triple jump of 51-1.5. At the Razorback Invitational, he made his collegiate debut in the 60-meter hurdles with a clocking of 8.19. Later that day, he won the triple jump with a leap of 51-6.5. At the New Balance Collegiate Invite, he made his season debut in the long jump. He finished seventh, marking a leap of 22-9.75. He finished fourth in the triple jump at the Tyson Invitational with a 52-1.75. He won his first SEC Indoor title in the triple jump with a jump of 52-2, the only Razorback to win an individual title at the 2007 SEC Championships. At the NCAA Championships, he earned a bronze finish and the second All-America honor of his career with a season-best 53-1.5. Outdoor: He made his outdoor debut at Mt. SAC Relays and earned a sixth-place finish with a triple jump of 51-5.5, his first regional-qualifying mark of the season. He competed in both the long and triple jumps at the John McDonnell Invitational. With a leap of 23-4.5, he finished eighth in the long jump. He posted a season-best 53-0.75 in the triple jump and finished third. At the Arkansas Twilight, he recorded his third regional-qualifying mark of the season with a 52-9.5 and a second-place finish. He won his third-straight SEC triple jump title with a mark of 52-10.75, good for his fourth All-SEC honor. He was just out of scoring range in the long jump at the SEC Championships with a ninth-place finish and a season-best mark of 23-11. He went on to place fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (51-9) to secure his spot at the NCAA Championships. He earned the third All-America honor of his career with a sixth-place finish and a mark of 52-5.5 at the NCAA Championships. Qualifying for the USA Championships, he finished 10th at the event and fourth among collegians with a leap of 51-9.75.

2006: Indoor: In his Razorback debut, he marked a provisional-qualifying triple jump of 51-0.75 at the Arkansas Invitational. He went on to record provisional-qualifying marks in the triple jump at the Razorback Invitational (52-2.75) and the New Balance Collegiate Invite (51-7.75). He was the SEC runner-up in the triple jump, behind teammate Jaanus Uudmae, with his leap of 52-8.75. At the NCAA Championships, he finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 53-2.25, earning the first All-America accolade of his career. He posted a season-best long jump of 22-5.75 at the Razorback Invitational. Outdoor: In his outdoor debut, he competed in the long jump at Texas Relays and finished sixth with a 23-4.75. His first triple jump of the season came at Mt. SAC Relays where he finished third with a regional-qualifying jump of 52-2.5. He took a week off of the triple jump and went back to the long jump for the TCU Invitational where he finished ninth with a 23-1.75. At Penn Relays, he found his second regional-qualifying mark in the triple jump with a third-place finish and a leap of 51-2.75. He won the SEC title in the triple jump with a regional-qualifying mark of 53-4.5, his season best. With a mark of 51-8.5 and a third-place finish, he solidified his trip to Nationals at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. He battled through injury at the NCAA Championships and marked a jump of 47-5.75 and finished 26th.

AT JAMES LOGAN HS: Nkosinza Balumbu ("CO"-sins-"AH" "BAH"-lum-"BOO") was named a Nike Athlete of the Year, a Track & Field News All-American and was a member of USA Today’s All-USA track and field team. He held the nation’s top prep triple jump mark during all of 2005. His best indoor performance of 49-4.75 came when he won the Nike Indoor National meet and his best outdoor mark was a 52-4, recorded at the Oakland Relays. He also gained victories at the Simplot Games (49-3.5), the Arcadia Invitational (49-8) and the Golden West Invitational (51-5). He also recorded bests of 23-0 in the long jump, 14.20 in the 110-meter hurdles and 38.93 in the 300-meter hurdles.

PERSONAL: Born March 16, 1987, he is the son of Kim Balumbu and the late Bal Balumbu. His family is from the Democratic of Congo, formerly Zaire. He is the youngest of 11 siblings and his name means "lion of the world." He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and his major is communications.


Career Bests:

Triple Jump (I) 54-3.25 NCAA Championships, 3/15/08

Triple Jump (O) 54-4 NCAA Championships, 6/14/08

Long Jump (I) 23-11.75 SEC Championships, 3/1/08

Long Jump (O) 24-1.5 John Jacobs Invite, 4/12/08

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