O'Brien Wasome of UT celebrates after one of his long jumps at the NCAA Track and Field Championships West Preliminary at Mike A. Myers Stadium on May 25, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Texas’ O’Brien Wasome earns NCAA championship with a record-breaking jump

Posted March 10th, 2018

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On Saturday, sophomore O’Brien Wasome set a new standard at Texas.

At the NCAA’s indoor championships in College Station, Wasome was crowned the champion in the triple jump. One day after he placed 10th in the long jump, Wasome leaped 55 feet, 2.25 inches meters in College Station to edge Florida’s KeAndre Bates (54-8.25).

Texas had never won an NCAA title in the triple jump during the indoor or outdoor season.  Tyrone Scott had established the school record when he jumped 55-1 in 1992. (A 1992 leap of 55-10.50 by Scott is UT’s all-time outdoor mark).

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Wasome, who is from Jamaica, was the runner-up in the triple jump at last month’s Big 12 meet. He finished third at the NCAA’s indoor competition in 2017.

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