Hobbton Track and Field’s Jamiroquia Faison officially became a college-bound athlete by signing his National Letter of Intent to compete for the University of Mount Olive.
Jamiroquia Faison, or “JD” as he goes by, is the proud owner of three indoor and three outdoor school records, which were all achieved in his senior year. Indoors, JD soared to jumps of 20 feet, 4 inches in the long jump, 45 feet, 5 inches in the triple jump and was a member of the men’s 4×200 meter relay which earned all-state status with their sixth place finish indoors. Notably, JD’s triple jump ranked him in the top 50 nationally as well. JD even stated, “Being ranked nationally was a very exciting time in my life. I was honored at this lifetime accomplishment.”
Outdoors, JD took over sole claim of the horiztonal jump school records by jumping 21 feet, 3 inches in the long jump and 43 feet in the triple jump. On the track he also was a member of the men’s 4×100 which claimed the county title, conference title, regional title and went on to earn all-state honors as well with a new school record time of 43.99.
“During my outdoor season, my focus shifted to doing whatever it takes to help the team win,” JD commented. “I was humbled at the fact that I helped Hobbton win its first triple crown ever by winning the cross country championship, indoor championship and outdoor championship. It’s a moment that can never be taken away from us. We later went on to win regionals as well.”
Moving forward, JD has plans of majoring in Sports Management and looks forward to joining a program with a rich winning tradition.
“I feel like I can bring a lot to UMO with everything I have learned in such a short time during my high school career,” he said. “I hope to be an asset to the Trojans during my tenure at UMO.”
JD thanked Coach Jeff Klaves for all of his support during the long journey, as well as his family for all their support.
Klaves went on to add, “Jamiroquia is a team player and his focus shifted during the outdoor season because he wanted to help the team win a state championship. We fell short of our goal this year but JD’s work ethic will take him to new heights at the college level. Most importantly, the gift he has in track and field is going to help finance his education and leaves the door open to earn more athletic scholarships if he continues to improve. I am one proud coach and this is yet another proud moment as Hobbton Track and Field now has four college-bound student-athletes in the past two years.”