Bradwell Institute graduate Chris Jackson will report to Albany State University today as a new member of the Golden Rams track team.
Jackson signed a letter of intent Monday.
Tiger track coach De’Andre Davis said Jackson is the 10th athlete he has sent to Albany with scholarships. He said Jackson will be a fine example at Albany State, just as previous Tiger track stars have at the collegiate level.
“Chris has been on my track team for two years. … He is a great kid with an overall great attitude. He did everything we asked him to do,” the coach said. “He would spend extra time at practice and he was a great leader. I am going to miss him. This year he broke the record in the 100 and he broke the record in the 200 that was set by Kevin Harmon last year. He also jumped 6-feet, 10-inches in the high jump, almost breaking Larry Henry’s record set in 2008.”
Jackson said that 6-foot, 10-inch high jump is his personal best. He said his bests are 10.64 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and 21.4 seconds for the 200-meter race.
Jackson, who said he plans to study physical therapy at Albany, will be joining former Tiger track standout Jammoris Hill and former Liberty County runner Khaleed Barrett.
Jackson said he plans to train harder and get ready for the collegiate competition.
“I tried to do my best in high school and now I am ready for higher competition and to push myself,” he said.
His father, J.D. Jackson, said the family plans to attend as many meets as they can. He added he has always told his son to follow his dreams at whatever made him happy.
“Don’t be a follower be always a leader, and he has been showing us that he is going to be a leader,” J.D. Jackson said. “He enjoys track and he is doing it because he loves it.”
Yteshia Jackson said her son is setting an example for his younger sister, currently a student at BI and two years younger than Jackson.
“This is awesome and he is doing something that he loves,” she said. “And he will get his education at the same time.”