DeLoach more versatile than most [Track]

April 29, 2012
Janay DeLoach

If there’s one thing that separates Alaska’s Janay DeLoach from other long jumpers in the world it is her versatility.

It started at Eielson High School, where she won a combined seven state titles in the long jump and 100 meters.

It continued at Colorado State University, where she earned was an All-American in the long jump and all-conference in the 60 meters. She also threw the shot put.

Now, as a professional, she is ranked No. 2 in the world in the long jump but that hasn’t stopped her from doing the hurdles or competing in the pentathlon. Just last year she won a pentathlon in Boulder, Colo., and advanced to nationals, where she finished third.

“Body wise, I was in such better shape as an all-around athlete,” DeLoach told the Denver Post. “I was a better athlete and that made me a better jumper.”

The results speak for themselves.

DeLoach, 26, is enjoying a career year in 2012, winning a U.S. Championship and placing second at the World Championships. She currently ranks No. 2 in the world with a personal-best mark of 22 feet, 10¾ inches.

“My coach [in college] assured me that all the other events were going to contribute to improving my technique in the long jump,” she said. “They’ve taken me from ground zero to where I am.”