Damar Forbes, senior, took the long jump crown at the Tyson International, hosted by Arkansas, with a personal best record of 26 feet, 3/4 inches on his first attempt Friday, Feb. 8. The jump also marks the third longest jump of the season in the NCAA according to reports.
Forbes also recorded a personal best in the 60-meter dash at 6.73 seconds, which qualified him for the semi-final. Forbes took 12th place overall in the 60-meter event.
Forbes was the silver medal champion in the long jump in the 2012 NCAA Championships with a 26 foot, 2 3/4 inch jump. Forbes' other accomplishments include competing in the 2012 Olympics, being named a 3-time All-American, and 3-time All-SEC.
Originally from Jamaica, Forbes moved with his family to the United States when he was 7 years old. Forbes attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, where he won the Georgia Class 5A long jump championship during his junior year, making him one of the top jump prospects in the U.S.
The Tyson International is a two day invitational with seven top teams competing in the pre-season invitational held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The meet consists of stiff competition with 29 of the competitors, (both male and female) that are ranked in the top three of their events competing this weekend.