DeLoach more versatile than most [Track]
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.”