DeLoach defends U.S. long jump title [Track]

February 26, 2012
Janay DeLoach

Alaska’s Janay DeLoach defended her national championship in the women’s long jump at the U.S. Indoor Championships today in Albuquerque, N.M.

The 26-year-old won the 2012 title with a jump of 22 feet, 7.25 inches and will represent the United States at the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships in March in Istanbul, Turkey.

“I still have a lot to work on but I’m excited for the win,” she told “I’ll take it.”

DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, hit the winning mark twice on her first and third attempts, beating her nearest competitor, Brittney Reese, by one inch.

“Good competition as always,” DeLoach said. “Brittney Reese, she’s always going to be great. Glad to be going to the world championships with her.”

At last year’s IAAF World Championships in South Korea, DeLoach finished sixth.

She expects to do better this time around.

“I’m going back to the drawing board,” DeLoach said. “In general, I need to be consistent on the runway and I need to keep my head up. I have the tendency to tuck my chin and let everything nosedives. If I can fix that I think I can go a lot further.”