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NCAA Long Jump Champion: Jarrion Lawson

03/20/2014
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jarrion Lawson ranked among the nation’s best this year, qualifying for the 2014 National Championships in Albuquerque, where he took down 15 of the top long jumpers in the country on his way to being crowned the National Long Jump Champion.
After edging his way into the finals, Lawson took full advantage of the sixth and final round, dominating the field with a world-leading 27-6.5 jump, a huge final leap that took him a foot further than his competitors, to take home the NCAA Title.

His NCAA-leading jump takes down his previous personal record of 26-2.75 set at the Tyson Invitational earlier this season. With his mark, Lawson ranks No. 4 all-time in NCAA history and No. 7 in all-time U.S. history. Lawson's jump just missed the NCAA Championship meet record of 8.48 set by the legendary Carl Lewis in 1981. He currently ranks No. 2 all-time in Arkansas history.

Lawson took a minute to talk about why he chose Arkansas and what it means to join a legendary group of Razorbacks with a winning tradition.

Lawson on choosing the University of Arkansas…

“The main reason I chose Arkansas was the coaches. I came here on a late visit because I had a lot of other visits at several schools. But when I came on my visit, Coach Geopfert came up to me and said ‘You’re going to be a Razorback’. And he was right. After that visit, I knew the coaches at Arkansas were going to be committed. They were looking at my future, not just my four years here.”

On what it feels like to be a National Champion…

“I can’t even describe it, it’s so great. To achieve this accomplishment in my second season is indescribable. Even though I know I have a lot of work to do, I just thank God and keep on moving.”

On the rich tradition of Razorback Track & Field…

“With me, I like to set goals for myself. When I came to Arkansas, I knew there had been some of the greatest athletes in history come through here. Then I went upstairs to the track offices at John McDonnell Field and saw all the records…I wanted to be on that wall one day. I made it, I’m shooting for first now.”

On the continued success of the Razorbacks each and every year…

“It’s exciting. It makes you want to compete harder every meet. As a team, we work together and compete for each other. To go out there and be able to compete for a National Title each year together, you can’t beat it. Not everyone gets to have that experience, the Razorbacks are a special group.”

On the coaching staff…

“All four coaches work extremely hard with all of us. Coach Geopfert and Coach Case each work directly with my athletic development, and Coach Bucknam and Danny Green are here every day providing support and motivation. They are truly the best coaches you can have.”

For more information on Razorback Track & Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

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