Frederick Closes Weekend Ninth in World Rankings
Jan. 17, 2005
SEATTLE - Husky freshman Norris Frederick, who on Saturday achieved a long-jump mark of 25-4 1/2 in his first collegiate competition, closed the weekend ranked ninth in the IAAF's 2005 indoor world rankings.
Frederick's mark, still the world leader among junior-age (under-20) jumpers, ranks fourth in 2005 among Americans of any age, and is second among U.S. collegians only to Texas A&M's Fabrice LaPierre, who cleared 25-9 1/4 on his fourth attempt at this weekend's Arkansas Invitational.
Frederick won the high jump and long jump in his collegiate debut at Saturday's UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor, before adding a second high-jump title Sunday at the UW Open #1.
The freshman from Seattle's Roosevelt High School, who in 2004 ranked fourth among U.S. prep long-jumpers and was the world's 26th-ranked junior-age competitor in the event, achieved the mark on his final jump of the competition, including six attempts each in the high- and long jumps.
Lithuania's Povilas Mykolaitis sits atop the IAAF's senior world rankings with a long-jump best of 25-10 1/4 in Kaunas, Lithuania, while Asics' competitor Melvin Lister cleared 25-7 1/2 in Arkansas to claim the U.S. lead.