Washington To Jump At Chance For Threepeat

Donald Washington of Indianapolis Franklin Central is almost set to graduate and begin thinking about his football career at Ohio State. But first, he has some business to finish on the track. We caught up with Washington to find out more about what he'll be up to in the coming weeks.

Ohio State signee Donald Washington of Indianapolis Franklin Central has embarked on a vision quest of sorts.

Washington joined his team at Thursday's sectional track meet. He is the two-time defending state champion in the long jump.

He was asked prior to the meet if he was nervous about going for the threepeat.

"No, not really," Washington said. "I just want to go out and do what I've been taught. The only thing I can take care of is myself. I think I'm the best jumper in the state if I do what I'm capable of."

The 6-2, 185-pound Washington won the state long jump title as a sophomore with a mark of 23 feet, 2-1/4 inches. Last year, he won at 23 feet, 4-3/4 inches. This year, he wants to go even farther.

"Twenty-five feet is my goal, and I think about the number 25 all the time," he said.

The state meet will be June 3 at Indiana University's Haugh track facility in Bloomington.

He will already have graduated from Franklin Central. That ceremony takes place next Wednesday.

"I'm excited to be on my way to Ohio State," Washington said. "At the same time, it may be a little bit sad because the people I'm graduating with I've been with for 12 years."

Washington had not mapped out his summer plans. It is possible he could participate in the national high school track meet in June. He is also ticketed to play in the Indiana north-south all-star football game July 16 at Indianapolis North Central High School.

"I am looking forward to that," said Washington, who will be on the South team. "It should be a lot of fun. I know a lot of guys that will be playing in that game."

Washington said he would graduate with a 3.2 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.

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