Wignall Looks to Defend Title at NCAA Indoor Track Championships

Posted: March 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Last March, George Mason senior All-American Maurice Wignall became the Patriots’ 33rd track and field national champion by winning the long jump at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., with a 26-foot, 1½-inch leap. And he’s ready to do it again.

Wignall heads to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10 and 11. Once again, he competes in both the long jump and the 60-meter hurdles, in which he competed simultaneously last year. Wignall had to pass a jump in the long jump finals to compete in the hurdles, in which he earned his fourth of five All-America honors with a third-place finish. This year, he enters both events as the sixth seed, and must beat tough competitors in both events–including Arkansas favorite Melvin Lister in the long jump, who is seeded first with an impressive 26-foot, 10-inch mark.

“I have tremendous confidence in my abilities,” says Wignall, the Jamaican national champion in the long jump and 110-meter hurdles. “I’m in the best shape of my life right now in both long jumping and hurdling. I feel I can win both of them. It won’t be easy, but I have a chance.”

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