BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) won the NCAA title in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday (March 9) at the Birmingham CrossPlex, recording the first NCAA indoor field championship for the Virginia men’s track and field team in school history.
Scott is also the first Cavalier to win an NCAA indoor title since Henry Wynne’s mile victory in 2016 and is the first ACC male competitor to win the indoor national title in the triple jump.
The Cavaliers tied for 20th in the team standings. The finish marks the third time in the last four years that the Cavaliers have finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
“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.”
Scott led the triple jump through all six rounds of competition, recording his best jump in the third round. His jump of 16.89m (55’5″) set a Birmingham CrossPlex record. He was the only competitor to reach 55 feet in the event, clearing the mark twice in the series.
With Scott’s win the Cavaliers have won a combined five NCAA indoor and outdoor titles since 2016.
Junior Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) earned second-team All-America honors in the high jump. He cleared 2.20m (7’2.5″) with his second attempt to finish 11th in the event. Foster is UVA’s first indoor All-American in the high jump.
“We have an amazing staff,” Fetzer said. “Every year, one of the event groups steps up and serves as our backbone, like what (Pete) Watson and (Martin) Maric have done before. I’m very blessed to have the staff we have here. Mario (Wilson) has done a great job with his group and they have been amazing all indoor season. I can’t wait to see what is next during the outdoor season.”
The Cavaliers will return to action March 16, competing at the William and Mary Triangular in Williamsburg, Va.