Swift Current’s Scott Joseph capped a phenomenal rookie season with a national title at the U SPORTS Track and Field championship in Edmonton on Friday.
The Regina Cougars rookie won the event handily with a top jump of 7.73 metres. His previous jump of 7.55 meters was already leading the 11-man field.
The York Lions Keysean Powell placed second at 7.47 metres.
Joseph’s final jump was only 15 centimetres behind the 2010 U Sports record of Ottawa’s Christopher Greenway. It also bested his Canada West Championship jump of 7.67 metres, which was a provincial and school record and the top long jump in the world by any athlete under the age of 20 in 2020 at the time.
The jump also established a new Canadian indoor U20 record, eclipsing the 1975 record of Toronto’s James McAndrew, which was 7.71 metres.
Joseph has already been named the Canada West and U Sports Male Rookie of the Year.