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Arkansas Athletics | January 30, 2016

Arkansas' Lawson sets world-leading mark in long jump

  Jarrion Lawson's fifth jump was a world-leading 8.17 meters/26-9.75.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bowerman Watch list member Jarrion Lawson jumped to an NCAA and world-leading mark in the long jump on day one of the Razorback Invitational. Lawson’s stellar performance was just one of the many highlights of the day for the No. 11 Arkansas men’s track and field team.

In his first jump of his senior campaign Lawson shook off the cobwebs with a mark of 7.50m/24-7.25. He progressed through each attempt lengthening out his marks as he continued to loosen his legs. On his third attempt Lawson secured the NCAA lead with his mark of 8.14m/26-8.50. The Texarkana native continued to improve launching to a remarkable distance of 8.17m/26-09.75 on his fifth and final jump in front of an excited home crowd.

“It was a very good opener for me for my first track meet,” said Lawson. “I kept jumping because I wanted to get to 27 feet, which I could have. I just couldn’t get control of my runway yet and control of my speed but it was good for me to practice these five jumps.”

Arkansas heads into day two in second place with 55.2 points.

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