Jordan Scott dedicates ACC gold medals to mom, says best is still to come

By May 15, 2019

Jordan Scott dedicated his long and triple jump gold medals at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the weekend to his mother and said he believes he can jump a lot farther later this season at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The junior at the University of Virginia, who has already achieved the World Championships qualification standard for the triple jump, was head and shoulders above the field at the ACC championships held at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Virginia from May 9-11.

Having already set the ACC and Facility record when he hopped, stepped and jumped out to 17.07m in April, Scott unleashed a winning jump of 17.37m which had it not been for a 2.6m/s wind would have been the second-best jump in the world for 2019.

Scott’s 7.83m also landed him the long jump gold medal.

Armani Wallace of conference champions Florida State University was a distant second with 16.88m while Wallace’s teammate Jacore Irving was further back with his best mark of 15.84m.

He said the win was special because his mother, Lorna Reynolds Minott, was there to witness it.

“Pretty much ever since day one anything I’ve decided to do she has given selflessly to ensure I have the best resources to succeed and to be the best at whatever I opted to do and since being at UVA I think she has seen me compete twice, both times at the National Senior Championships. So, to have her come all the way here I felt like I had to do something special and to attain a personal best in the long jump and the triple jump was truly amazing,” he told SportsMax.TV.

With triple jump marks of 17.37m, 17.08, and 17.07m so far this season, the former Campion College athlete, is already among the best jumpers in the world in 2018 and thinks that a renewed focus has helped him achieve new levels of performance this season.

“Personally, I think it’s really been sitting down and looking at how much I can actually get out of the sport,” he said.

“It took a lot of looking into myself to know that I need to give it my all at all times because there’s no telling what can come from it, and as a result I started taking training more seriously, focusing on myself, about how I eat and how much I sleep, and really trusting my coach and whatever he gives me to do.

“I think all those combined have really been the reason for my success thus far.”

Encouraged by what he has managed to accomplish so far with his new regime, the 21-year-old Computer Science major, feels there is a lot more in the tank as he intends to be wearing Jamaica’s colours at the World Championships in September.

“I definitely do believe I can go further this season. We have been training as if we are going to compete in the World Champs. As a result, we have dialled back some numbers to ensure that I don’t peak too early, as well as the fact that, just overall, my jump isn’t perfect, there’s still a lot that can be worked on which would definitely add more distance,” he said.

“I’m extremely satisfied with where I am now, though, and I know as the weeks progress and we start getting into it more, as well as with the fact that I’m done with school for this semester, I’ll have more time to focus on track and getting better.”

He said the World Championships was always among his goals for 2019 and now he is closer than ever to achieving his objective.

“At the beginning of the year I set out my goals in regards to not only distances but to where I want to go and it’s been at the top of my list,” said 1.88m tall Scott.

“That’s the end goal for me, that’s where I plan to end my season and right now I think I’m on the path to not only attend but to put up some good competition.”

 

 

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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