CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior jumper Jordan Scott (Portmore, Jamaica) and assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach (jumps/multi athletes) Mario Wilson were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region honorees, the organization announced on Friday (March 6). Scott was named the men’s USTFCCCA Southeast Region Athlete of the Year and Wilson was named the men’s Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Scott was named the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. The NCAA leader in the triple jump, Scott is the lone athlete to clear 55 feet in the event this season and has topped the mark on three occasions. He recorded a career-best jump of 17.02m (55’10.25″), the 17th-best jump by an athlete in NCAA history, during the regular season. His jump topped the ACC and UVA record, which he set in 2019.
Scott defended his ACC indoor title in the triple jump, reaching 16.42m (53’10.5″) on his opening attempt at the conference meet. With the win, Scott recorded his third indoor conference championship in the event (2017, 2019, 2020). He also competed in the long jump at the conference meet, placing fifth with a jump of 7.56m (24’9.75″) to earn second-team All-ACC honors.
Wilson, who coaches the jumpers and multi athletes at Virginia, was named the men’s USTFCCCA Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Cavaliers to a third-place finish at the ACC Championships. Four Cavaliers won ACC titles at the meet with senior Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) winning the high jump, freshman Derek Pekar (Ventura, Calif.) winning the heptathlon, redshirt senior Sam Young (Lewes, Del.) winning the pole vault and Scott winning the triple jump. The jumping and heptathlon athletes earned six All-ACC honors at the meet.