Kingsway’s Orion Joyner, a junior at Rhode Island, smashed his PR and won his second conference title in the triple jump Sunday.
Joyner leaped 48-7 ¼ and won the Atlantic 10 Conference triple jump title by half an inch over Virginia Commonwealth senior DeJon Mayo at Mackal Fieldhouse on Rhode Island’s campus in Kingston. Mayo made things interesting with a 48-5 ¾ on his final attempt.
Joyner’s jump is No. 9 in school history.
Last winter, Joyner won the indoor triple jump title in Fairfax with a 48-5 ¼, which was his previous PR. He’s Rhode Island’s first repeat triple jump champ in the indoor conference meet since Ronald Woodley won in 2011 and 2012.
This year, Joyner opened with the winning jump but after a foul on his second attempt he added jumps of 46-4, 47-1 ½, 46-10 and 46-11 ½.
At Kingsway, Joyner jumped 48-1 ¼ outdoors to win 2019 sectionals at Washington Township. His indoor PR in high school was 46-5 at 2019 Easterns at the Armory.