Jamil Dudley achieves high jump success
by Jason Tirotta
At six-foot, seven-inches tall, Jamil Dudley is easily noticed both around campus and around the track. And while he tries to keep a low profile, often sitting quietly with his headphones on as he mentally focuses on his next attempt, his performance in the high jump has made it virtually impossible for people not to take notice. Plus, it’s very difficult to keep a low profile when you’re a 19-year old with a national championship gold medal.
Field Junior National Championships, earning him the distinction as the country’s top jumper under the age of 20.
Dudley capped arguably one of the most impressive first-year seasons in the country as a Lake Erie freshman in 2010-11 in June when he won the high
He won the event by clearing 7’-2 ½” and besting a talented field that included Penn’s Maliik Reynolds, a senior event qualifier, Auburn’s D.J. Smith, an All-SEC performer, and several other
jump at the United States Track and
“It was an incredible experience, being out there on that podium with tens of thousands of people there,” Dudley said of the award ceremony following his victory. “I was trying to hold my emotions in, to act like I’ve been in that situation before. But it was hard, I was really happy. I was smiling ear-to-ear.”
jumpers from colleges and universities at the Division I level. “Being in that type of meet, where you aren‘t worried about scoring points for your team, it was more relaxing than at any other point during the season,” Dudley said. “I wanted to do well, but wasn’t stressed or worried about how I’d do when I went there, taking a ‘whatever happens, happens’ attitude with me. But when I got close towards the end and had a chance to win, my competitiveness kicked in and I wanted to go after it.” The gold medal at the Junior Nationals in Eugene, Oregon was the culmination for an exciting year for Dudley. Continued on next page
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