This time a year ago, Career’s Dyshon Vaughn was a basketball player. On Saturday, he became a national champion in indoor track and field.
On his final jump of the day at Saturday’s New Balance National Championships at The Armory in New York City, Vaughn set a Connecticut state record with a leap of 24 feet, 5 1/2 inches (7.45 meters) to tie Cicero, NY’s Jeremiah Willis for first place.
Though the two were also tied on the first tiebreaker with jumps of 7.11 meters, Vaughn was awarded the national title with a third-best leap of 7.10 meters against Willis’ 6.68.
“It means a lot. I’m really proud,” Vaughn told RunnerSpace.com. “It was a hard-fought battle. There were some good guys out there.
“My other jumps, I felt like they were a little short but on my last jump I got a lot of height. … I knew it was a good one. I was really excited because I knew my previous jumps were pretty good. It was surprising because they had to go to even our third-best jumps because the second jumps were also tied. It was interesting. ”
Vaughn told Runnerspace he wasn’t expecting a national championship coming into the meet. After all, this was just his first full competitive year as a long jumper.
“I least just wanted to get a good jump and get a (personal record). …I wasn’t really expecting it,” he said. “This changes everything, I’m thinking about track, like, that’s my whole mindset. …It makes you want to strive even to become an outdoor national champion.”
But first thing’s first.
“First thing I want to do is call my grandmother,” he told RunnerSpace. “I haven’t had a chance to call her yet. She’s been supporting me a lot, and I appreciate everything she’s done for me. She’s going be be really excited. I hope she doesn’t have a heart attack.”