Jackson's bid for a National Championship in the men's triple jump came up short at the 2008 NCAA's after he bowed out of competition because of injury ... Jackson ended his prestigious career as a two-time All-American, while also recording multiple conference championships in both the long and triple jump ... The nation's No. 3 ranked jumper going into the NCAAs, Jackson qualified for nationals by posting runner-up honors at the Midwest Regional .. In 2008, Jackson had one of the most successful outings for an athlete in Penn Relays history ... The senior crushed his own school record to win the men's triple jump after winning the long jump on his first day of competition in Philadelphia ... By doing so he earned College Athlete of the Meet honors for individual events ... The Grand Prairie, Texas, native, who's mark of 54 feet, 3.75 inches in the triple jump was as high as No. 1 in the NCAA during the season recorded the 10th longest jump in Penn Relays history ... He became the first TCU track and field athlete ever to win both the men's long and triple jump at the Penn Relays ... He also became the first TCU male or female to win a title in the triple jump at Franklin Field ... Finally, Jackson, who earned his second All-America honor of his career during the indoor season in the triple jump won the conference title in the triple jump, claiming his third career MWC outdoor crown with a winning leap of 51 feet, 2 ¼ inches ... Overall, the Grand Prairie native won the event by more than four feet over Colorado State's Nnamdi Agwu ... During the indoor season, Jackson earned All-American honors by soaring 16.32m (53-06.50) to finish third overall in the men's triple jump at nationals ... Jackson, who's mark broke his own school record ... At the MWC Championships, Jackson captured the triple jump event title with an NCAA automatic leap of 16.26m (53-04.25) ... His jump broke his own school record in the event and was ranked as the third best leap in the NCAA ... Jackson's mark also ranked as the third-best triple jump mark in MWC men's championship history ... Jackson earned MWC male athlete of the week honors following his performance at the season opening Arkansas Invitational ... The jump ranked second in the nation at that point and was good enough to replace his previous best mark, set in 2006, at fourth place in the all-time MWC record book.
Earned first All-America honors of his career by placing third in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Finished third with a leap of 52-09.50 (16.09m) ... Became TCU's first All-American in the triple jump since 2001 and third in school history ... Won the MWC Outdoor title in both the long jump and triple jump ... Only individual in school history to win conference titles in both the long jump and triple jump ... MWC title in the triple jump was his second in a row, marking the second time in school history an individual has won two straight league titles in the triple jump ... First individual to win both the long jump and triple jump at the MWC Championships since Air Force's Brian Park in 2001 ... Won the MWC long jump title with a leap of 23-06.00 (7.16m) despite not competing in the event prior to the meet ... Took only two attempts en route to claiming the title ... Won the MWC triple jump crown with a season-best leap of 52-10.75 (16.12m) ... Placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 51-08.50 (15.76m) at Midwest Regional ... Won the triple jump at the TCU Invitational with a leap of 52-04.00 (15.95m) ... Missed majority of indoor season due to injury ... Won the triple jump at the Arkansas Invitational with a jump of 51-03.50 (15.63m).
Won the MWC Outdoor Championship in the triple jump with a leap of 49-11.75 ... Won the triple jump at the first five meets of the outdoor season ... Placed 10th in triple jump at NCAA Championships with a jump of 50-09.50 ... Finished third in triple jump at Midwest Regional with a jump of 51-09.25 ... Set the school record in the triple jump at the TCU Invitational with a jump of 53-00 ... Named to All-Midwest Region and to All-MWC Outdoor team in the triple jump ... Finished sixth in the long jump at the MWC Outdoor Championships with a jump of 22-11.00 ... Finished first in triple jump at Bobby Lane UTA Invitational, Texas Relays, North Texas Classic, TCU Invitational and MWC Outdoor Championships.
Competed in the long jump and triple jump during the indoor season ... finished second in the long jump at the C-USA Indoor Championships with a season-best mark of 23-9 meters ... also earned silver-medal honors in the triple jump with a mark of 49-8.50 meters ... did not compete during the outdoor season.
Competed in both the long and triple jumps during his freshman campaign, showing solid improvement as the year progressed ... did not compete at the C-USA meet during the indoor season ... first three competitions in the long jump in the outdoor season yielded nothing better than a jump of 7.18 meters, but turned in nothing less than 7.34 meters over his final four competitions ... finished second at the C-USA meet in the long jump with a mark of 7.34 meters (24-01.00) ... also placed fourth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 15.06 meters (49-05.00) ... saved his best effort of the season for the Midwest Regional ... long jumped 7.75 meters (25-05.25) to place fifth and earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... placed 11th at the NCAA outdoor meet with a jump of 7.64 meters (25-00.75).
Lettered in football, cross country and track & field at South Grand Prairie High School ... coached by Barry Lucy and former TCU assistant track coach Sam Hume ... was the high school decathlon champion in 2003 and earned all-America status in both 2002 and 2003 ... ranked among the nation's top 10 in the long and triple jump and in the decathlon ... was a two-time all-area jumper, according to the Dallas Morning News ... also named the Sophomore of the Year in football.
Parents are Larry and Sharon Jackson ... father, Larry, ran track at the University of Houston and East Texas State ... brother, Jason, ran track at Hampton University and at the University of Texas ... majoring in communications and business.