Virginia’s Jordan Scott didn’t react Saturday when the announcer at Lannigan Field proclaimed that with three jumps left, he had already set the ACC track & field championships and venue records in the triple jump.
If anything, he was a little upset with himself for missing his personal record by a little more than a centimeter.
“Honestly, I know where I am in terms of fitness and all that, so I wasn’t all that surprised with how I was jumping today,” said Scott, a junior from Portmore, Jamaica. “I just had to be patient and trust myself and it will come. I was like ‘OK, you have the lead. Just go for it.’”
Two jumps later, Scott knew as soon as he hit the sand that he’d accomplished his goal, and there was no more containing his emotions. He pounded his chest and roared toward a collection of his teammates, who lined the chain link fence, which separated spectator from competitor.
With a flick of his wrist, Scott ripped a tag showing the number 608 in large, blocky numbers off his back and, with a swagger, strode toward his warm-up pants. His day was done.
Scott’s final jump cleared 57 feet, which again set meet and venue records and earned him his second ACC outdoor track and field title in three days. It’s also the top distance in the nation.
“To lead the country is amazing in itself. To get to 57 feet is amazing as well,” he said. “Honestly, now it’s just going back to the drawing board. My jump isn’t perfect. There’s stuff I still need to fix.”
Scott will head into the NCAA East Preliminary round on May 23 in Jacksonville, Florida, as the favorite in the triple jump. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
On Thursday, he took gold in the long jump, but Saturday’s triple jump title was a little more special because it offered a bit of redemption. Scott led the ACC field from his very first jump in prelims, and on Saturday, he led every round.
He didn’t want to go into specifics, but Scott said he suffered what he described as a “setback” in the event two years ago at the ACC championships. He said he couldn’t make up for it last spring because he was hurt, but after winning the national title in the triple jump this winter at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, he knew he wasn’t going to leave the track Saturday with unfinished business.
“Coming out here this year, it was to make up for that,” Scott said. “So I had that on my mind and I really did that, so it was emotional knowing that I could get everything done.”
Scott’s championship gave the Cavaliers a commanding lead in the team standings, but Virginia Tech stormed back from 40 points down to win the men’s championship with 123 points. Virginia finished second with 117 and Florida State took third with 102.5.
On the women’s side, Anna Jefferson and Andrenette Knight won ACC titles for Virginia, helping the Cavaliers to a third-place team finish.
Jefferson led the way for the Wahoos, placing in the top three of two events, including a first-place finish in the 400m dash. Jefferson edged Brittny Ellis of Miami (52.52) by a tenth of a second to take the top time and win the title in the event. Minutes later, Jefferson finished third in the 200m dash.
Knight captured the ACC 400-meter hurdles title, finishing in 58.16 to earn her first win in a conference event.
Florida State won the women’s team championship with 134 points, while Miami finished second with 92.5 points.