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First Posted: 1:23 am - July 10th, 2015

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Submitted Former Upson Lee Knight Jared Jordan was recently named Division II Second Team All-American by the NCAA in the 100 meters.

Jeremii Hobbs represented the Upson Lee Knights in the 100m at the Region 2 Track and Field Meet this past May. Hobbs won the Region Championship. The last Knight to win a Region Championship in that event was Jared Jordan in 2012.

Fast forward three years, and Jordan is still blazing down the track, but now he is winning his races at Albany State University, and leads the Rams with the fastest times in the 100m and 200m races.

For his terrific run in 2015, Jared Jordan was recently named Division II Second Team All-American by the NCAA. “I just feel truly blessed to be able to compete in a sport that I love and continue to get my education,” said Jordan.

This season Jordan set a personal best in the 100m and the 200m, both times coming at the same event. In April Jordan and Albany State competed in the Alice Coachman Invitational, where Jordan won the 100m and the 200m events. In the 100m Jordan ran a blazing time of 10.38 seconds, and in the 200m ran a time of 21.16 seconds.

Jordan entered the SIAC Conference Championships as a favorite in the 100M, and he did not disappoint. After a down pour soaked the track earlier in the day, Jordan ran a time of 10.71 seconds, winning the conference championship.

Jordan then qualified for the Division II National Championships in the Michigan in May. The sophomore represented himself well at the meet, just missing the Finals in the 100 meters, running a time of 10.58 seconds.

Jordan has improved each season in the 100 meters, even though at Upson Lee his better race was the 200 meters, holding the school record with a time of 21.67 seconds. However, now the 100m race has become his specialty, and he has improved his time every year. His senior year in high school, Jordan’s fastest time was a 10.80, followed by a 10.54 his freshman year at Albany State, and then a 10.38 this season. So what’s next for the speedy Jordan?

“You live and you learn,” said Jordan. “I just plan to learn from my mistakes that I made this past season. Being named Second Team All-American will only motivate me to accomplish more. Overall I feel I had a pretty good season, but now it’s time to focus on next season and my quest to become a National Champion.”

Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.



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