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NCAA Indoor Championships: Jordan Scott creates history with triple jump title

Jermaine Wright
NCAA Indoor Championships 2019


The Jamaican pair of Jordan Scott and Odaine Lewis took the top two spots in the men’s triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

Scott, a University of Virginia junior, had a best leap of 16.89 metres to break the facility record and capture his first NCAA national title.

His compatriot and Texas Tech University senior Lewis hit 16.65m on his penultimate jump to grab silver.

With the win Scott created history, becoming the first Cavalier to win the NCAA Indoor national title in the event in school history.

The Portmore, Jamaica native is also the first Cavalier to win an NCAA indoor title since Henry Wynne victory in the mile in 2016 and is the first ACC male competitor to win the indoor national title in the triple jump.

It was a wire to wire victory for the former Campion College standout as he led through all six rounds landing the winning jump on his third attempt.

He was the only competitor to reach 55 feet (16.76m) in the event, clearing the mark twice in the series (16.59m, 16.77m, 16.89m, 16.33m, 16.71m).

“I do not have the words to describe my feeling for Jordan Scott,” director of track and field Bryan Fetzer said. “He embodies our team principles, especially being grateful. His best is yet to come.

“Birmingham has been such a special place, truly living up to its name ‘the Magic City.’ Henry (Wynne) won last time and now Jordan.”

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