1982 CAC long-jump champ, Jamaica's Delroy Poyser dies of cancer

By February 14, 2019

Jamaican long jumper Delroy Poyser died in the United States on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Posyer was a standout athlete for Jamaica College at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships between the late 1970s and 1980s, before accepting a scholarship to Texas Tech University where he qualified four NCAA indoor and three NCAA outdoor championships.

He also earned first-team All-America status after finishing third in the triple jump at the 1983 NCAA indoor championships and third in the long jump third at the 1984 NCAA indoor. He set the school outdoor record in the triple jump in 1985. That record stood until 2018.

Teammates and rivals also remember him for his devastating speed down the backstretch for Texas Tech’s 4x100m relay teams. He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2015.

Poyser also built an impressive resume representing Jamaica.

He won the CARIFTA U20 high-jump title in Hamilton, Bermuda in 1980 with a mark of 2.08m and also won the 1982 CAC long-jump title in 1982. His winning mark was 7.90m.

He was the CAC Junior high jump silver medallist in 1980 (2.06m) and won high jump bronze at the CAC Juniors in 1978. His medal-winning jump of 1.85m was at the time an Area Record.

According to reports, Poyser was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011 which metastasized to a brain tumour in May 2018.

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