Friday, July 27, 2007
Two-time and two-state high jump champion Jordan Jackson will take it to new heights at South Carolina State University this fall.
The former Hart County track star has signed a national letter-of-intent to compete for the Bulldogs track team.
“It's always been a goal of mine to compete at the Division I level in any sport,” said Jackson. “I'm looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity.”
South Carolina State recently hired Tyree Price, who was a long jumper for the Bulldogs, as their new track coach.
“I've met the new coach and he seems like a good guy,” said Jackson. “I should be able to learn a lot from him on jumping.”
Price says Jackson should make an immediate impact.
“He will definitely give us a shot at regionals,” said Price. “Last year 6-foot-11 inches qualified and Jordan is just one inch off. Myself and the other coaches will be able to provide some extra techniques that will get him over the top.”
One of those other coaches is Ken Washington, who has cleared 7-5 in the high jump, according to Price.
In addition to his state title in the high jump, Jordan was the runner-up at the Georgia state meet in the long jump. During the 2007 season, he also ran in the relay events for HCHS.
“It's too early to tell if I will run as well or just focus on jumping,” said Jackson. “I'll do whatever is needed to help my team.”
Jackson says he is most looking forward to the chance to compete in the Penn Relays.
The Penn Relays are held annually at the University of Pennsylvania and attract more than 15,000 athletes from high schools, colleges, and track clubs. It's the largest and oldest track and field event in the U.S.
“It will be great exposure for me for sure,” he said. One of his new coaches, Washington, is a previous champion at the Penn Relays.
Jordan's parents are excited as well.
“We are really proud for him,” said his mother, Laura. “Especially since it's always been his goal to compete at the Division I level. He visited the campus and really liked it. Coach Price is a jumper as well, so I think he'll get good instruction. I think he'll be very happy.”
His former coach agrees.
“It's a great move for him, very positive, said HCHS track coach William DeVane. “It's a good program and fairly close to home. And it's always nice when one of your kids earns a scholarship and advances to the next level.”
Retrieved from The Hartwell Sun (Hartwell, Ga.)