Donovan Young '22 is ending his high school athletic career as a national champion after taking first place in the Boys Triple Jump Championship event at the New Balance Nationals: Indoor held over the weekend of March 13 in New York.
Donovan's mark of 48'11.75" is a new Maryland state record and is a major addition to an already successful athletic career to date. Since last February, Donovan has been an All-American athlete who has broken other Gilman and non-Gilman records alike, especially throughout 2021 at the winter Virginia Showcase, the spring Tachyon Track and Field Games, and the fall Armory Trials.
"It was special just because I haven't jumped as well as I did last year all season, so coming out here when it mattered and jumping that PR was just amazing for me," said Donovan in a post-meet interview with RunnerSpace.com. "I've never won a national meet; I've always come close but never quite got it. So, for me to come out my senior year, it was something special, and I know when it matters, I can put something out there and compete with the best."
"Donovan is an incredibly hard worker who has an uncanny ability to keep his cool in highly competitive situations," said Head Track and Field Coach Matthew Tully. "His effort and preparation over the last few years put him in position to be successful today, and he was able to execute six impressive legal jumps with a memorable record-setting last one."
Donovan plans to compete at additional regional and national meets throughout the spring and summer. Congratulations to Donovan and his family!