Athletics

Jamaican Scott cops triple jump title at Birmingham CrossPlex

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 15, 2019

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Jamaican Jordan Scott of the University of Virginia continued his outstanding season after winning the men's triple jump at the NCAA Division One indoors national championships, setting a facility record 16.89m at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday's second and final day.

The former Campion College athlete was the only one of the 13 Jamaicans in the meet to win an individual event as Texas Tech's Odaine Lewis finished second with 16.65m to make it a Jamaican first and second in the hop, step and jump.

Scott, who is in his third year at Virginia, is on a roll after setting school records in both the long and triple jumps earlier this season after breaking the outdoors triple jump record last year.

He set another school first on Saturday, recording the first NCAA indoor field championship for the Virginia men's track and field team in school history and was the “first Cavalier to win an NCAA indoor title since Henry Wynne's mile victory in 2016 and is the first ACC male competitor to win the indoor national title in the triple jump”, according to the school's website.

Scott represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-20 championships in Poland in 2016 and made his first national senior team last year.

Lewis, formerly of Cornwall College, and who had won back-to-back Junior College championships, while at Iowa Central Community College, bounced back from his disappointing ninth place in the long jump on Friday night to take second place with a best mark of 16.65m, just off his personal best 16.69m.

On Friday he had managed only 7.74m in the long jump.

Former Jamaica College teammates Clayton Brown now at repeat champions University of Florida and Obrien Wasome of the University of Texas were also in the triple jump.

Brown placed fifth with 16.41m, while Wasome, who won the event last year, finished eighth with 16.14m.

Shardia Lawrence of Kansas State University was sixth in the female triple jump with 13.31m, while Danielle Spence of the University of Texas-San Antonio was 12th with 12.80m.

Former Wolmers' Girls' sprinter Janeek Brown contributed to the University of Arkansas winning the female title after placing fifth in the 60m hurdles in 8.04 seconds, while Jeanine Williams of Georgia Tech failed to get past the semi-finals after running 8.22 seconds.

Damion Thomas, the IAAF World Under-20 110m hurdles champions, missed the final of the men's 60m hurdles final.

The University of Iowa's Karayme Bartley was sixth in the 200m in 20.97 seconds, while in the women's 800m, Jazmine Fray of Texas A&M finished eighth, while Marleena Eubanks failed to advance to the final.


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