As if the all-time collegiate 800-meter record of Texas A&M’s Donavin Brazier wasn’t enough, Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson also made track & field history on Friday night.
Competing at the NCAA Championships, Lawson won the long jump (26 feet, 9 inches) prior to Friday and the 100-meter dash (10.22 seconds) minutes before making history. Then he secured a third individual national championship by claiming the 200-meter dash in 20.19 seconds.
The Razorbacks always are competitive in cross country and track and field, compiling a total of 40 team national titles under former coach John McDonald from 1972 to 2008. But no individual has won three national titles in one NCAA Championship since Jesse Owens.
Owens won four individual events in 1935 and 1936, for a career record of eight. He went on to become a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
JARRION LAWSON- NCAA CHAMP IN THE 200M. He is the first man since Jesse Owens to win the 100m, 200m and LJ at the NCAA Championships.
— TrackTown USA (@GoTrackTownUSA) June 11, 2016
Lawson now is a six-time national champion. He also holds two indoor track titles in the long jump and one in the 400-meter relay. He entered the meet as a 15-time All-American and also holds the Arkansas school record in the 100-meter dash (10.04 seconds).