Reese leaps to 8th U.S. title

Reese leaps to 8th U.S. title

When does 7 equal 8? Ask Mississippi Gulf Coast Hall of Famer Brittney Reese, who jumped 7.00 meters Saturday to win her eighth national championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

Competing at Drake Stadium in the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships, Reese seized control of the event with her first jump. She leaped 22 feet, 5.25 inches to take the lead, then bettered it on her next jump by 6.5 inches.

The mark held up for all six rounds, and her first two jumps were better than anybody else's in the 17-person field.

Reese won her first outdoor national title in 2008, and she's also won four indoor championships. She has won four world outdoor crowns, and as defending champion she already had her ticket punched for the 2019 World Championship, which starts Sept. 28.

Reese, who was an All-American basketball player at Gulf Coast, won Olympic gold in 2012 and silver in 2016. Her eight outdoor national championships ties her with Jackie Joyner-Kersee for third in the event. Stella Walsh won 11 from 1930-1951, and Willye White had 10 from 1960-72.

She extended her long jump record at Drake Stadium. She set the record in 2008 when she was still at Ole Miss. She moved the record out nearly 3 inches. It was her first jump of 7 meters since 2017.

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