Scott's journey from 'rock bottom' to the top

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- A complex sport and a complex journey to reach the top can be broken down into three phases for UVA triple jumper Jordan Scott.

"Working on each individual phase to get the best of that phase and if you do get the best of that phase it will all add up to a good distance," Scott said, a junior at Virginia.

The first phase in Scott's story starts in his home country of Jamaica, where his talent was clear to see.

"53-feet in the triple jump in high school that's pretty unusual," Virginia Jumps Coach Mario Wilson said, who is also from Jamaica, "Especially for an island country so small."

Scott got off to a running start on grounds, but knew there was something missing.

"I feel like I was really getting at it," Scott said about his freshman and sophomore seasons, "But I feel like mentally I wasn't as strong as I am right now."

And it became more clear as a junior as injuries began to pile up like a slipped disc in his back, as Scott's second phase or "rock bottom" hit.

"It was really hard, it was not knowing, kind of questioning your future then, question your future in the sport," Scott said.

"When you're in track and field, it's literally performance-based," Wilson said, "So if you're not stepping on the line with the intent of jumping your furthest then sometimes it can get to the point like what's the point."

But a summer home in Jamaica changed the tide on Scott's career after winning the Jamaica Senior Nationals.

"I think even in the week of Jordan confided in me I really didn't feel that great going into the Championship that weekend," Wilson said, "But it's funny how a win and PR can change everything."

That momentum carried Jordan back to this moment at the ACC Championships, not only getting another PR, but the nation's top mark at 17.37 meters.

"I feel like just thinking about one year ago I was in a position where I didn't know what I was going to do to being in the position where I am right now is absolutely incredbile," Scott said.

The NCAA Track and Field Championships run from June 5th-8th in Austin, Texas.



 
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