Monday, May 14, 2012
Texas speedster wins another Big 12 title
By David Ubben
Marquise Goodwin already has a reputation as one of the fastest players and best athletes in the Big 12.
The aspiring Olympic hopeful only solidified that reputation on Saturday, winning his third consecutive Big 12 title in the long jump.
He leaped 26 feet and 10.5 inches to break the conference championship and stadium record in Manhattan, Kansas on his first jump.
"I popped off my longest jump of the competition on the first jump," Goodwin said in a statement. "That was big for me because I had to run over and run the 100 meters in between jumps. I knew everybody was going to come out and do well, but that jump ended up winning it so it was all good."
Goodwin's jump was a personal best and two inches longer than any other athlete in the nation. He is the only athlete in Big 12 history to win both the indoor and outdoor long jump two straight years.
Last year, Goodwin caught 33 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 22 times for 220 yards and returned 11 kicks for 247 yards.
He planned to redshirt the 2011 season and focus on reaching his goal of qualifying for the Olympic team, but Goodwin returned to the team and showed up to fall camp just before the season began.
The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder will be a senior in 2012.