Take Two

Take Two

Track and Field is a numbers sport and it's no different with track and football standout Marquise Goodwin.

There's the number three. That's how many events Goodwin qualified for (two individual, one relay) at the 2012 Outdoor NCAA Championships. And there's the number 26-10.75, the length of Goodwin's first long jump that put him ahead of the field. Then there's the number 27-0. That represents a personal best for the Longhorn, and when Goodwin hit that mark on his final jump, it sewed up a national title in the event.

"It feels great," Goodwin said. "I have a great supporting cast out here. It was a great day to compete out here. There were a lot of great competitors out here jumping that beat me before, but I just felt it today and went out there and got it done."

Feeling it is a good way to describe it. Goodwin had four jumps over 8.10 meters, and his first jump was actually further than his 2010 Outdoor NCAA Championship jump of 26-9.

Now, the appropriate numbers are two and eight. Two represents the number of long jump national titles Goodwin has won at Texas. And that makes him the eighth Texas athlete to win multiple national titles. Only one other Texas athlete — Eric Metcalf in 1986 and 1988 — accomplished that feat in the long jump.

"It was a good series," said Goodwin. "During warm-ups I felt good, but during the 4x100 (relay) we had a little mishap and it kind of pushed me a little bit. It kind of gave me an extra edge today. It's just one of those things that happens, but I tried to build off of it. I tried to put it behind me as fast as I could with limited time. I came out here and did what I needed to do today to get 10 points for the team."

The 4x100 team didn't place because of a baton mishap. Goodwin didn't run in his third event, the open 100-meter dash.

But Goodwin's championship, along with All-America performances by freshman Ryan Crouser in the discus and sophomore Ryan Dohner in the 10,000-meter run helped Texas take the overall lead after the first day. Texas is 17 points up on second-place Nebraska.

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