Goodwin Sets National Record

Marquise Goodwin was already a Texas high school track legend with a career of dominance at Rowlett High. On June 27, he took his status in the track world to another level with a record long jump. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Goodwin about his great feat and his role on the gridiron in Austin.

For track fans in the state of Texas, watching Marquise Goodwin dominate at the Texas Relays or the state meet has become a yearly occurrence. Having already reached legendary status in Texas, all that was left for the top jumper and sprinter was to make his mark nationally.

On Saturday, June 27 in Eugene, Or. Goodwin entered a place not known to many, a high school national record holder. Goodwin first took the junior long jump on his second jump at 26-1.5. After resting for more than two hours, Goodwin made history.

"Man, it was crazy," Said Goodwin. "I jumped during junior's. I knew I would scratch on my first jump as I always do. I went 26-1.5 on my second jump and won. I got rested, drank some Gatorade and got ready for seniors. On the jump, I had my adrenaline. I jumped and knew it was good. I got up and looked at the marking. They put over eight meters in. It was a great feeling. It's the overall national record."

Goodwin's jump of 26-10 bested a record of 26-9.25 by Dion Bentley of Pittsburgh Penn Hills that had stood since 1989.

Up next for the new national high school record holder is a trip to Trinidad if the meet goes off as planned.

"I've got the Pan American meet in Trinidad if they have it. I'm not sure if they are going to have it because a lot of people are sick," Goodwin said.

On the minds of many Texas football fans constantly is the status of Goodwin on the gridiron. Goodwin says he is going to report in August and plans to suit up for the Longhorns.

"Everything is great with football. I talk to Coach Kennedy and we talk about me playing slot receiver and returning kicks. I'll begin on track scholarship. I'll practice every day, but as soon as I step on the field, I go on football scholarship. I've got to prepare myself the best I can being here at home and running track. I'll prepare the best I can knowing the other guys are working out with the team. I report in August, but I don't know what day yet," Goodwin said.

Goodwin hasn't sat down to set goals for his freshman season with a lot on the line in track this summer, but he does know what is in front of him.

"I haven't really set and goals for my freshman year yet. Obviously, I want to win the Big 12 long jump in track. In football, I know it will be tough competition to get on the field, but I hope to play," Goodwin said.

On the gridiron for Rowlett, Goodwin caught more than 125 passes for over 1,700 yards in three varsity football seasons and was a two time first team all-district pick.

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