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Former VU Track star wins another title

STATEN ISLAND, NY. — Former Vincennes University Track and Field standout Jordan Downs added to his already impressive resume over the weekend.

The current Bethel College athlete captured the long jump title at the Toyota USATF Indoor Championships inside the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.

The field of 16 featured athletes who are currently in college, post-collegiate athletes and also professional competitors.

“It was really exciting winning it and coming home with a medal,” Downs said. “I just have to give thanks to my coaches, teammates, family and God himself.”

Downs’ winning mark was 7.73 meters and it came in his sixth and final attempt.

After scratching on his fifth jump, Downs was sitting in second place heading into his final attempt. His best mark was 7.55m, which he achieved in his second leap.

“I knew I just had to trust the process and my coach with that last jump,” Downs said of his last jump. “I just went out there and gave it my all for the win”

Malik Moffett was second in the event at 7.69. Moffett is a 2018 Penn State graduate and holds the PSU outdoor record in the long jump and also won the 2017 Big 10 Championship in the same event.

Downs said competing against some of the best in the nation really helped him on Saturday.

“Being in front of everyone got me excited,” he said. “And knowing I had my friends, family and coaches watching me back at home made me feel like I could go out there and leave my mark for everyone to see and know who I was and where I came from.”

Downs was a national champion in the pole vault while at VU.

Last season, for Bethel, he also won the NAIA long jump championship.

He will look to defend his national championship this weekend and will also compete in the pole vault. He is the No. 1 seed in both events.

Downs has been named NAIA Athlete of the Week four times this season — all in succession. He becomes just the second NAIA T&F athlete to win the award four times in a season and is the first to do so in consecutive weeks.

The most recent award came just last week after winning titles in the pole vault and long jump at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championships.

His mark of 5.22m in the pole vault and 7.84m in the long jump were both new meet records. The 7.84m in the long jump also broke Bethel’s school record.

 

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TRAVIS DAVID, Assistant Sports Information Director

  812-888-6831 office, vuathletics@vinu.edu

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