Jackson Morris places third at USATF Junior Outdoor Championships

Mamadou Balde

The Colorado State track and field team sent one representative to the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships held in Bloomington, Ind. Freshman Jackson Morris competed in the javelin where he threw a distance of 202 feet to place third in the event.

Morris’ best throw came on his fifth attempt with three of his marks reaching a distance of 198 feet or better. Morris’ mark moves him up to 10th in program history. Morris was second amongst all collegians that competed.

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Prior to the start of the competition, Morris was the third-seeded athlete in the javelin. The ranking comes from his personal best mark of 223.5 feet which he set at the NoCo Challenge on April 14.

“Obviously I’m proud of Jackson coming in here and taking third place at junior nationals,” coach Brian Bedard said in a statement. “He may not have hit some of his goals that he wanted to, but third here is a great achievement. He did a good job of being very coachable throughout – he just had a little bit of a hard time putting together a complete throw. He’d do things well on one throw and some not well, then make the correction on one aspect but something else would be off. But it was good to see him out here in a Colorado State uniform, and I’m proud of what he did here.”

Collegian sports reporter Mamadou Balde can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @mamadoubalde62.