Jackson named Texas Track & Field Coaches Association High School Male Athlete of the Year
Jan. 10, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas Men's Track and Field freshman Mark Jackson was named the 2010 Texas Track and Field Coaches Association (TTFCA) Male Athlete of the year, the organization has announced. Jackson was recognized for his performances as a senior at Taylor High School during the organization's banquet in Dallas on Saturday.
Jackson is the second-straight Longhorn to earn the honor in its two years of existence, following in the footsteps of sophomore teammate Marquise Goodwin who received the inaugural award in 2009. The athlete of the year is selected by input from the TTFCA membership.
As a senior, Jackson swept the long jump (23-5.75) and triple jump (49-8.75) titles at the UIL State Championships and placed second in the high jump (6-6). He finished the year with the second-best high school triple jump (51-11, indoor) in the nation and the fifth-best long jump (24-8.25). In addition, he won the long and triple jump at the Texas Relays en route to being named the Relays' Most Outstanding Male Individual and posted a triple jump mark of 51-10.75 to win the Nike Indoor Nationals title while setting a meet record.
The Longhorns open up the 2011 indoor season this Friday with a dual meet at Arkansas.