Virginia junior Jordan Scott finished second in the triple jump on Friday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myer Stadium in Austin, Texas.
After entering the finals in eighth place, Scott moved into third with a jump of 16.79m (55’1”) in the fifth round before leaping to the top of the field on his final attempt of the night, recording a mark of 17.01m (55-9.75).
He held the lead until the last jumper of the night, Chengetayi Mapaya from TCU, jumped 17.13m (56’2.5”) to reclaim his lead from the opening rounds and win the national title. Scott recorded eight points for the Cavaliers and earned first-team All-America honors for the performance.
“I think it was a good competition,” Scott said. “It was really rough for me through the first four rounds. I had a really hard time getting my run-up properly. Today was a lesson for me. It taught me how strong I could be, coming around at the end to jump 17.01 [meters] to come in second.”
Junior Brenton Foster also competed for the Cavaliers during the day’s competition, recording a 16th-place finish in the high jump. Foster cleared a height of 2.18m (7’1.75”) to earn second-team All-America honors in the event.
Senior Hilmar Jonsson and freshman Ethan Dabbs also scored points for the Cavaliers. Jonsson recorded the program’s best NCAA finish in the hammer throw on Wednesday, placing third with a mark of 73.31m (240’6”) for six points in the team standings. Dabbs’s throw of 72.23m (236’11”) in the javelin placed him seventh overall and scored two points.