Goodwin wins 2nd NCAA title in long jump and jumps Olympic A standard mark of 27-0
June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Junior Marquise Goodwin won his second career national championship in the long jump to help Texas gain first place on the first day of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake Stadium.
"It feels great," said Goodwin. "I have a great supporting cast out here. It was a great day to compete out here. There were a lot of great competitors out here jumping that beat me before, but I just felt it today and went out there and got it done."
Goodwin posted the top four jumps of the day, ending with a personal best 8.23m (27-0) on his final attempt. He had four jumps over 8.10m, including his first jump of 8.19m (26-10.75) that put him in first place for the duration.
"It was a good series," said Goodwin. "During warm-ups I felt good, but during the 4x100 (relay) we had a little mishap and it kind of pushed me a little bit. It kind of gave me an extra edge today. It's just one of those things that happens, but I tried to build off of it. I tried to put it behind me as fast as I could with limited time. I came out here and did what I needed to do today to get 10 points for the team."
The national championship for Goodwin is his second career title as he won the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Championship with a jump of 8.15m (26-9). He is the eighth athlete in school history to win multiple titles in a career and the second to do it in the long jump along with Eric Metcalf (1986 and 1988).
Goodwin's championship performance along with two other athletes garnering All-America honors helped Texas take the overall lead after the first day. The Longhorns scored 17 points and are up four on second place Nebraska.
The first five team points for Texas came from freshman Ryan Crouser in the discus as he picked up an All-American honor with a fourth place finish. On his second throw of the day he threw 58.13 to put him in eighth place and qualify him for the finals. His first finals throw went 59.77m (196-01) to set a new personal best. The throw at the time put him in first place although three others would top the mark in the final three rounds.
"It's a big meet," said Crouser. "This is probably one of the biggest ones I've been do, so you could tell everyone was a little nervous going out there. Once everyone got in the finals, it kind of tuned everyone in. I was second thrower in the finals and my throw kind of got everyone focused in and saying, `Alright, here we go, this is it.' I think that definitely started it off."
Sophomore Ryan Dohner also earned his first career All-America honor, finishing seventh in the 10,000m run. He ran his fastest time of the season with a 29:05.11 and was the only runner in the top eight who was not a junior or senior.
"It feels awesome and is a good way to end the season," said Dohner. "My coach and I agreed to start towards the back and move up gradually. A lot of people were yelling what place I was in so I had a good idea of where I needed to be. It is a stepping stone. I can always say that I am an All-American now."
The nation's leader in the decathlon all season long, junior Isaac Murphy, sits tied for fifth in the decathlon after the first five events, scoring 4,025 points on Wednesday. He is 162 points behind the overall leader, Kurt Felix of Boise State. Freshman Olson is in 12th place overall with 3,911 points.
Murphy got off to a great start to the NCAA Championships. He ran the fastest time in the 100m dash with a 10.76 to start the two-day competition with 915 points. Olson ran an 11.08 for 11th place and 843 points.
In the long jump, Murphy was seventh with a mark of 7.08m (23-02.75) on his third and final attempt. He slid to fourth overall after two events. Olson jumped up two spots in the overall standings to ninth. He was eighth in the long jump with a mark of 6.96m (22-10) on his first jump.
The shot put was the third event of the day for the decathlon. Murphy improved with each throw, sending it 12.94m (42-05.50) for 13th. Olson was 16th with his mark of 12.51m (41-00.50). After three events, Murphy was fifth overall and Olson was 11th.
Both Olson and Murphy set personal bests in the decathlon high jump. Olson broke his previous PR of 1.90m by clearing 1.93m (6-4.00) for 13th place. Murphy matched his personal best of 1.90m (6-02.75) to come in tied for 16th.
The first running event of the week was the 4x100m relay. Texas had a mishandled baton exchange and was unable to finish the race.
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